Wednesday, 01 June 2016

CALA Homes (North) has donated £990 to cover the cost of a Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 defibrillator for GCRA Ltd’s weekly cardiac prevention and rehab exercise classes.

The organisation runs 35 weekly classes in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. The classes are attended by locals who have suffered heart attacks or other cardiac conditions and aim to help them return to work and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

GCRA Ltd (formerly Grampian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association) 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.

The group was established in 2002 after cardiac rehabilitation exercise classes were no longer funded for by the NHS. GCRA has approximately 700 members who benefit from the classes.

Steve Jarvie, Construction Director at CALA Homes (North), visited a GCRA exercise class at the Robert Gordon University Sport Building to present the cheque to the organisation. GCRA is required to have a defibrillator present at every one of its classes in the area.

Steve said: “It was a pleasure to see one of GCRA’s cardiac prevention and rehab exercise classes in action and meet some of the attendees who have benefitted from the sessions with its knowledgeable instructors.”

Bert Hosie, Secretary at GCRA Ltd, said: “We are now extending the range of health conditions our classes are beneficial for to include long-term conditions such as asthma, COPD, osteoporosis, and strokes. In order to achieve this, we have trained five new instructors and plan to create an additional ten classes in the area.

“We are required to provide each of our instructors with a defibrillator and ensure that they receive regular training in how to use it in an emergency. CALA’s donation will help us to provide one of our new instructors with this important kit.”

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.


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