AGM hears of future housebuilding plans at Atrium Homes


Atrium Homes held its 18th Annual General meeting this week, the first in its new community based Kilmarnock headquarters.

Members listened intently as chair Jim O’Neill introduced the Annual Report for 2015/16 and highlighted not only the successes of the past year but laid out Atrium’s plans for the future.

Particular mention was made of the launch of Atrium Property Services, the in-house repairs service; the very successful Money Advice Service; and Atrium’s IIP Gold Accreditation reflecting its position as a first class employer.

Mr O’Neill also took the opportunity to present Atrium’s new Vision statement based on three central principals, which was introduced to align the organisation with its new role as a community based landlord:

  • Sustainable communities
  • Quality affordable housing, and
  •  Life chances for people

The Annual Accounts for the year, presented by Phillip Morrice of external auditors Alexander Sloan & Co, reflected Atrium’s ongoing strong financial position. Because of this position, the AGM heard that Atrium had plans to build up to 70 new properties, as well as converting a number of larger properties to provide accommodation for single people.

Mr O’Neil also outlined plans for new posts within the organisation aimed at delivering services and helping establish new activities that will deliver better life chances for people within Atrium’s communities.

The meeting also elected Atrium tenants Tony O’Dendaal and Mary Nilsen to the Board of Atrium Homes, along with Kara Alkar and Sally Turner both of whom had previously served as co-opted members.

Mr O’Neil said: “I’m delighted to welcome such able and keen individuals to the Board. Maintaining the mix of new and experienced Board members will help ensure stability in the delivery of Atrium’s longer-term vision.”

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