During the late 1980s/early 1990s, a group of residents in the Copperworks area of Royston got together to find a way to improve their desperate housing conditions. 

Copperworks Housing Association was established in 1991 as a community based social housing landlord taking ownership of around about 200 properties. This stock base was later increased through stock transfer from Scottish Homes and the Association now owns 271 fully refurbished and new build properties and provides a factoring service to 79 owner-occupiers.