Friday, 20 May 2016

CALA Homes (North) has donated £1,000 towards the cost of new kit and resources for forensic techniques workshops organised by Aberdeen Science Centre.

The organisation was awarded the sum as part of the housebuilder’s £10,000 community bursary scheme which was launched last year to mark 140 years since the company was established as the City of Aberdeen Land Association.

Aberdeen Science Centre works with community groups to help engage people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) learning experiences. The new kit will enable Aberdeen Science Centre to expand its forensic techniques workshops to include methods including finger print analysis and DNA analysis.

Mike Naysmith, Managing Director at CALA Homes (North), visited Aberdeen Science Centre to see primary one pupils from Aboyne Primary School testing out the new CSI Workshop kit.

He said: “Aberdeen Science Centre offers some amazing workshops that are available to locals of all ages – many of whom have not had the opportunity to fully develop their science, technology, engineering and maths skills.

“It was fascinating to see the forensic kits which will be used in the organisation’s exciting and engaging classes. We’re delighted that our community bursary has been able to help support the sessions.”

Liz Hodge, CEO at Aberdeen Science Centre, said: “We continue to offer exciting, challenging and inspiring STEM learning experiences and CALA Homes’ donation is helping us to do just that.

“Being able to build on our current workshops, shows and interactive drop-in sessions ensures that our relationship with community groups can continue to grow by increasing the programme of activities offered.”

The CALA Homes (North) community bursary will support 12 different charities and community groups across Aberdeen and the surrounding area this year by funding vital equipment and services. Beneficiaries include Grampian MS Therapy Centre, Grampian Deaf Children's Society, Woodside Junior Club, and Maggie’s Aberdeen.




Notes to Editor


About CALA Homes


CALA Homes, part of the CALA Group, is the UK’s most upmarket major home builder operating in the South of England, the Midlands and Scotland. The company focuses on high quality, well-designed homes in prime locations, from starter homes to luxury detached family properties.  


At the end of March 2014, CALA acquired Banner Homes, a leading developer and retailer of luxury new homes in the affluent markets of the Midlands and the South East of England. The combined company will be a Top 10 UK home builder building predominantly family homes in premium locations in the South of England, the Midlands and Scotland.


Key Facts:

  • In March 2013, CALA announced that it had reached an agreement with Patron Capital Partners, the private equity group, and Legal & General Group, the insurance, savings and investment management company, under which they acquired the CALA Group, valuing the company at £214.2m.
  • In its full year results for the year ending 30th June 2013, CALA announced record profits of £12.5m (2012: £9.1m) on a like-for-like basis driven by improved house sales gross margin of 18.8% (2012: 16.4%).
  • CALA’s average selling price (ASP), as at 31 January 2014, was £361,000 – the highest ASP outside London of any housebuilder in the top 20 by volume, thanks to the Group’s market positioning and geographic presence in more affluent areas of the UK.
  • As at 31st January 2014, CALA’s land bank stood at 10,770 plots with a potential gross development value of £3.6bn, equivalent to approximately 6.5 years’ output on current projections.
  • CALA Homes won Housebuilder of the Year, Best Medium Housebuilder and Best House at the 2012 What House? Awards. In 2013, it retained the Gold award for Best Medium Housebuilder and won Best Development for Trinity Park in Edinburgh.
  • In March 2014, CALA Homes received the maximum 5 Star rating in the Home Builder Federation’s National New Homes Customer Satisfaction Survey for the fifth consecutive year.
  • Health and safety is of paramount importance to CALA. In 2013, the company maintained its low number of minor injuries reportable under RIDDOR recording six and has reported no major injuries in the last five years. Over the course of the last five years CALA has had the lowest average annual incidence rate of any housebuilder in the HBF benchmark of companies.
  • CALA started as the City of Aberdeen Land Association in 1875 and was the first Scottish company listed on the London Stock Market. As CALA is an acronym it is always reproduced in upper case.