A new luxury housing development in Glasgow has been awarded a special accreditation ahead of its opening. 

Holland Park is a mix of studio, one, two and three-bedroom homes opening at the former Strathclyde police headquarters on Pitt Street later this year.

The development by Moda Living has been awarded a three-star Fitwel certification for its status as a 'healthy' building which has been designed with a view to encouraging its residents to live healthy lives.

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Joanna Frank, the president and CEO of the Center for Active Design, which operates the Fitwel healthy building certification program, said: “Moda continues to lead by example by prioritising the health of their residents through Fitwel.

"We commend their commitment to protect building occupant health as they implement research-based strategies to promote the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of their residents.”

David Lawrence, Managing Director of DLC Europe, which prepared the Fitwel submission for Holland Park, added: “DLC Europe is very proud to have worked with Harrison Street, Apache Capital and Moda Living to achieve this prestigious three-star Fitwel certification, and to demonstrate our commitment to promoting occupant health and wellbeing.” 

Holland Park has been designed with wellbeing at its core and allows residents to live healthy lifestyles with a range of amenities including a 24-hour gym and a fitness centre with state-of-the-art exercise equipment and technology. 

Designed to create a sense of community and combat loneliness, the 433-home development also features private dining rooms, a cinema, gaming rooms, sky lounges with panoramic views over Glasgow, and roof terraces with green space and BBQ areas.

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There will be dedicated on-site teams organising a programme of events to help residents socialise and bookable meeting rooms will allow them to work flexibly. 

Richard Smith, managing director at Moda Life Operations, said: “Health and wellbeing is at the core of everything Moda does, so securing our fourth three-star Fitwel accreditation at Moda, Holland Park is a testament to the hard work and care that we put into designing our neighbourhoods.

“We’re committed to helping our residents live their happiest, healthiest lives, and we can’t wait to welcome our first residents to Glasgow’s healthiest place to live later this year.”

The Fitwel accreditation was secured by a team of representatives from Moda Living, and investors Apache Capital, Harrison Street and NFU as part of its joint venture, which includes other build-to-rent neighbourhoods in Edinburgh, Birmingham, Liverpool and Leeds.

Moda has previously had three of its neighbourhoods previously recognised with three-star Fitwel scoring.

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In June 2021 The McEwan neighbourhood in Edinburgh became the first residential building in Europe to achieve three-star Fitwel certification.

Holland Park is part of a series of new developments popping up around Glasgow as part of a long-term strategy to increase the city centre population to 40,000 by 2030. 

Nikki King, Director, ESG & Operations at Apache Capital: “Build-to-rent has redefined the standard of service in the UK rental market, with owners and operators of buildings putting residents front and centre of the decision-making process.

"This has been a guiding principle for Moda and Apache and we will continue to drive progress in the sector when it comes to the health and wellbeing of our residents.”