Media Release: Dunfermline site transformed

LEADING Scottish homebuilder, Springfield Properties, has handed over the keys of its Dunfermline development to Kingdom Housing Association.

The £1.8million Chalmers Street development of two and three bedroom homes replaces a light industrial gap site and will provide 20 new homes for locals. Work on the development was completed in under a year by the award winning homebuilder.

The new homes will offer the tenant’s energy cost savings through the use of efficient modern building practices and materials, coupled with renewable energy. Each property benefits from mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems which will ensure that every tenant will enjoy considerably lower energy payments when compared to older properties.

Springfield’s partnerships director, Tom Leggeat, said: “We have identified that there is a widening mid-market tenure gap in the property market across the country and this is something that Springfield are seeking to address by working in partnership with Housing Associations across the country.

“This development addresses the gap here in Dunfermline, but we know that more homes are required and as such we are already identifying new sites on which we can build.

“We have worked with a number of housing associations over the years and are pleased to have been able to deliver these quality new apartments in under a year for Kingdom.

“It has been a challenging build due to the nature of the existing gap site, but we are sure that the new tenants will be pleased with their new homes.”

Bill Banks, chief executive of Kingdom Housing Association, added:

“We are very pleased to have transformed this gap site into new affordable homes for 20 families and households, with the help of funding from the Scottish Government and support from Fife Council.

“The new homes are let as mid-market Rent. This relatively new tenure aims to help people with modest incomes who may have difficulty buying their own home or renting a suitable property at an affordable rent.

“We have enjoyed working with Springfield in completing these high quality affordable homes ahead of programme. We very much hope to continue this partnership in delivering more new homes for affordable housing. Now, our tenants can look forward to moving into their new homes before Christmas.”

Springfield and Kingdom Housing Association have entered early discussions with a view to developing another site in the Dalgety Bay area in the future. The developer is also actively looking for more sites in Fife on which it can build new homes.

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