Fortune Place - our vision for older person housing

Fortune Place in South Edinburgh is the future of affordable housing for people over the age of 60. The award winning flats are designed to cater for different and changing needs to enable people to live at home contently for as long as possible.

What makes Fortune Place so special and different is it's a community. We have created indoor and outdoor space for people to share, encouraging people to converse, socialise and feel part of a community.

How do we support independent living for older people?

We produced a research report after developing Fortune Place to influence the future of affordable housing for older people. We sought to answer questions such as how we would:

  • Design homes with ageing in mind
  • Encourage people to go outside
  • Promote greater social interaction and prevent loneliness
  • Maximise income in later life and prevent poverty
  • Increase digital participation

You can discover how we answered these questions and the lessons learned by clicking on the image below.

Fortune Place

Securing funding to fulfil our vision for Fortune Place was essential. With grants from the Scottish Government, we also received resources from the Big Lottery Fund to develop a place which promotes physical and mental-wellbeing alongside well designed and well-built housing.

Awards for Fortune Place

  • Special commendation for Multiple Dwelling award at Saltire Awards in June 2018
  • The Development of the Year (Age Exclusive) award at the Scottish Home Awards in June 2016.
  • The Best Healthcare Scheme award and a special commendation for Scotland at the planning and Placemaking Awards in June 2016.
  • In May 2016 Fortune Place received a special commendation for Affordable Housing Development of the Year at the Homes for Scotland Awards.
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"Fortune Place is exemplary for its successful and coherent resolution at both human and urban scale"
Saltire Society Housing Design Awards
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