Kingdom Housing Association

Development Manager – Kingdom Housing Association

Development Manager

Salary: £42,081 – £46,273 (spinal points 42 – 46) per annum

ABOUT US

This is an exciting opportunity to join Kingdom Housing Association, which is one of Scotland’s leading developers of new affordable housing. Our aim is to provide a growing number of new quality affordable homes. We work in Fife, Clackmannanshire, Perth & Kinross and Falkirk delivering more than 400 new build properties each year for Social Rent and Mid Market Rent, as well as other tenures, commercial properties and a range of initiatives that benefit local communities.

ABOUT YOU

Are you a strong leader and negotiator? Can you develop and manage New Build Development Programmes? Do you thrive taking forward a challenging workload? Can you demonstrate that you have the skills, knowledge and experience we are looking for? If yes, then you should apply to join our Team.

THE ROLE

As one of our Development Managers you will implement our strategies, including direct management of key projects, land banking and site acquisition. You will establish & manage Development programmes and manage a team of staff delivering exemplary outcomes for the Kingdom Group and all our Partners.

THE BENEFITS

There is an attractive salary and benefits package with 37 days annual leave per year (pro-rata for part time employees) and an additional 2 days leave after 5 and 10 years service respectively. Other benefits can include Relocation Allowance in line with our Relocation & Disturbance Policy.

ABOUT APPLYING

The post is subject to a Standard Police Act Disclosure Scotland check and a current full UK driving licence and use of car for work purposes is essential for this post. Further information and Job Application packs are available:

Please note the office will be closed from 3pm on 22 December 2017 to 9am on 3 January 2018 and no emails or voicemail messages will be picked up during this time.

Please quote vacancy number 484.

The closing date for applications is at 12 Noon on Friday, 26 January 2018.

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Shop units at Inverkeithing housing development submitted for planning

Inverkeithing shop unitsA detailed planning application has been submitted for new shop units which will service a Kingdom Housing Association development in Inverkeithing.

Working with the Association and Campion Homes on behalf of Fife Council, 7N Architects said the plans form a key part of the emerging regeneration project for the wider estate, one of the most disadvantaged areas in the country.

The delivery of the new units will allow the existing shops, which are currently located at the base of an empty block of flats, to be demolished within a rolling programme of demolition and construction.

The designs for the new retail units have been conceived as a pavilion with strategic civic significance, addressing new and existing dwellings, as well as an existing bowling club, to create a public amenity for the wider community.

Inverkeithing shop units 2Sited adjacent to the bowling club pavilion, the linear pitched roof form offers a domestic presence within the residential setting, while the colonnaded walkway simultaneously reinforces the idea of a building with a civic identity and a public purpose.

The construction of the new shops will run in parallel with the delivery of the first phase of new terraced housing currently emerging on site. The designs for Phase 1 for Kingdom Housing Association recently received a Commendation in the Innovation in Housing category at the Saltire Society Housing Design Awards 2017.

Councillor Judy Hamilton, convener of the community and housing services committee, said: “I am delighted that the project has reached another significant milestone with the submission of the planning application. I know that the design team undertook consultation with the existing shops owners and the wider community so would like to thank everyone who took time to get involved in this process and provide valuable feedback. There is still much work to be done but I would thank the design team for the hard work in reaching this stage.”

Plans for the housing element of the Inverkeithing development

Plans for the housing element of the Inverkeithing development

Speaking on behalf of Kingdom Initiatives, Scott Kirkpatrick, director of development, added: “Kingdom Initiatives, 7N, Fife Council and Campion Homes have enjoyed working closely with the community and local businesses on the design of these retail units. Building them alongside Kingdom Housing Association’s 53 new homes for social rent is a key element within Fife Council’s regeneration masterplan for the area.”

The new retail units and homes forming the first phase are due for completion by the end of 2018, with subsequent phases of the regeneration project progressing thereafter.

Fife construction trainees take next step to real jobs

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Kingdom Group chief executive Bill Banks with the construction academy trainees

A group of twelve Fife trainees are celebrating obtaining their skills certificates from the Fife Works Construction Academy and are now taking up work experience positions on building sites across the region.

During the four week academy the participants gained knowledge and qualifications in manual handling, asbestos awareness, abrasive wheels and working at heights.

They also undertook the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) training test and were this week presented with their CSCS cards.

The academy was organised by Fife Works, Kingdom Housing Association’s employability project, in partnership with Campion Homes.

Bill Banks, Kingdom Group chief executive, met the participants at their award ceremony where he congratulated them on gaining their qualifications.

The participants were aged 18-29 and all live in Fife. They will now undertake work experience placements on Kingdom sites during July.

Trainee Arran Dunn, a Kingdom Housing tenant from Glenrothes who took part in the Academy, said: “I thought the training section of the academy was really good and I’ve got a lot of new qualifications from it. The work placement with Campion Homes will be really good practical experience for me and will hopefully lead to something permanent.”

Fife Works is Kingdom Housing Association’s employability project and during 2016/17 the project has helped 366 people into employment.

Joanne Aitken, senior employability officer with Fife Works, explained: “The participants have all demonstrated exceptional levels of enthusiasm and commitment and confirmed the team would continue to work with them all to help them find permanent employment.”

Bill Banks thanked the Fife Works team for delivering a successful programme and Campion Homes, who offered the trainees the opportunities to gain work experience on a number of Kingdom’s development sites throughout Fife.

Fife regeneration project commended for housing innovation

Saltire-Awards

An ongoing Fife regeneration project has been awarded a Commendation for Innovation in Housing, at the prestigious Saltire Society Housing Design Awards 2017.

Kingdom Housing Association, working in partnership with Fife Council, the local community and the project team, have developed major regeneration proposals for the redevelopment the mid-20th Century housing estate at Fraser Avenue, Inverkeithing.

The first phase of the £7.9 million project is now on site and the first 53 new homes are due for completion in 2018. The Scottish Government awarded Kingdom £4.2m in subsidy to assist with the project.

It includes a number of energy efficient innovations in the design including: breathable wall construction, solar photovoltaics and sun pipes. Returning tenants have been offered choices of fixtures and fittings and layout options where possible and a quarter of the new homes have been designed to meet the particular needs of older people or people with mobility problems.

The houses are also designed to Silver Sustainability Standard and are Secured by Design.

Fraser Avenue

The Saltire Society judges described the Fraser Avenue development as: “An exemplary approach to redeveloping one of Britain’s most deprived housing estates. The clients and architects should be commended for thorough levels of community engagement which are informing the design of up to 200 replacement homes. There is a strong ambition to create an integrated and cohesive new place whilst holding on to a strong community spirit. Breathable and low carbon construction methods which are innovative in this sector are being developed.”

The project partners were present at the event in Edinburgh to hear the results announced, where Kingdom was represented by Scott Kirkpatrick, development director, and Julie Watson, development manager.

Julie said: “We are proud to be involved in the Fraser Avenue regeneration project and this award is testament to the successful collaborative working which has taken place with everyone involved.”

Scott added: “Kingdom recognises the importance of innovation within the affordable housing sector and we have taken the opportunity at Fraser Avenue, to work in full collaboration with all partners and the local community, this will provide real advantages. The partnership approach will also deliver a range of community benefits, including training and employment opportunities’.’

Judy Hamilton, convener of Fife Council’s Community & Housing Services Committee, said: “It’s fantastic to hear that the development at Fraser Avenue has received a commendation at this year’s Saltire Housing Design Awards.

“This is testament to all the hard work and dedication put into the Inverkeithing regeneration project not just by the architects and staff from the council and Kingdom Housing Association but also by members of the local community who have been fully engaged in the process.”

Fraser Ave Post Ph1 Demo and Remaining FlatsThe project team for the project includes Campion Homes, 7N Architects, Scott Bennett Associates, Langmuir and Hay and Rankin Fraser Landscape Architects.

Dougie Herd, construction director with Campion Homes, explained: “By adopting the ‘fabric first’ principle the new homes will be built using a breathable building fabric which will keep tenants homes warmer for longer in the cold weather and cooler in hot weather.  Recognition from the Saltire Society for this innovative project is truly deserved.”

7N Architects, Edinburgh, who submitted the project for the awards, commented:“We are delighted that the project has been recognised by the Saltire Society.  Kingdom Housing Association and Fife Council deserve huge credit for working closely with the existing community through a collaborative approach to the regeneration of the estate. It is to be hoped that the emerging transformation currently being delivered by Campion Homes can act as a tangible model for the delivery of new and replacement affordable housing across Scotland.”

Bill Banks, Group chief executive with Kingdom, said: “The redevelopment proposals for the area and the design of the high quality and energy efficient new homes have been developed in full consultation with the tenants and the local community and everyone involved with the project should be congratulated. I am very pleased the project has been recognised by the Saltire Society.”

Kingdom announces appointment of new development director

Bill Banks, Kingdom’s group chief executive (left), welcoming Scott Kilpatrick to his new role

Bill Banks, Kingdom’s group chief executive (left), welcoming Scott Kilpatrick to his new role

Kingdom Housing Association, which aims to develop and build around 2,900 homes over the next five years, has appointed Scott Kirkpatrick as director of development.

Scott was previously head of development services at the Glenrothes-based association that builds and manages housing, while also providing care support services in East central Scotland.

Bill Banks, Kingdom’s group chief executive, said: “I’m very pleased that Scott has been appointed as Director of Development. We have ambitious plans to develop an increased number of new properties over the next five years and we took the decision we wanted to strengthen the executive management team, to ensure our business plan targets and objectives are achieved.

“Scott’s appointment will help ensure we not only deliver our plans to increase the number of new affordable homes we provide, but will also ensure we provide community benefits, through the added value that can be gained from the development of new projects.”

Bill added: “Scott will also be heavily involved in expanding the business strategy for our subsidiary, Kingdom Initiatives, and building on our existing collaborative arrangements with local authorities and housing associations as well as forging new relationships.”

Kingdom has plans to deliver 1,500 new homes for social rent and 400 for mid market rent over the next five years. In addition to the new homes that Kingdom will build for themselves, the association also expects to develop projects for other social landlords and councils which could deliver as many as 1,000 additional new homes over the same period.

Scott Kirkpatrick said: “I’m delighted to be appointed as the Director of Development and I’m looking forward to the new challenges. I have worked with Kingdom for a number of years and share the desire to grow our business, through the provision of much needed affordable homes, to meet the growing needs and demands in all our areas of operation. I am thankful that we have such a strong and experienced team in place and we will be further strengthening our development team through new appointments over the next few months.”

Scott added that he “was looking forward to continuing to work with existing and new partners, as part of the implementation of our development strategy”.

Scott will now join Kingdom’s Executive Management Team which now comprises: Bill Banks, group chief executive; Scott Kirkpatrick, director of development; Nick Pollard, director of corporate support services, Alan Simpson, director of housing and asset management and Norah Smith, director of Kingdom Support and Care.

Esh Border Construction unveils new social housing framework partnerships

Regional managing director Simon Phillips (right) and business development manager Euan McDermott

Regional managing director Simon Phillips (right) and business development manager Euan McDermott

Esh Border Construction has announced a raft of new multi-million pound framework partnerships within Scotland’s social housing sector.

The Livingston-based company has built on its social housing successes by signing up with Link Group, Kingdom Housing Association, Hillcrest Housing Association, Places for People, LAR Housing Trust, Thenue Housing Association and City of Edinburgh Housing Assessment Management Framework.

The collective value of this work could mean over £100 million throughout the frameworks’ duration across the next few years.

It is expected that the resulting projects will help meet demand in areas of Scotland where there is an urgent need for affordable housing that will get dozens of young families into sustainable accommodation.

Esh Border Construction will work with Edinburgh-based Link Group, one of the largest RSL groups within Scotland, on a four year framework with a primary focus on new build mainstream properties along with a variety of particular needs homes.

The framework – which has seen Esh Border Construction sign up for projects valued up to £4.1m and above – also includes extensions, adaptions and rehabilitations.

The company is also part of a four year contractor services framework with Fife-based Kingdom Housing Association, which acts on behalf of the Fife Housing Alliance, including Ore Valley and Glen housing associations, and Fife Housing Group.

The focus of the framework will be the development of new build properties for social rent in partnership with Fife Council, though it will be open to a number of local authorities and registered social landlords, including Perth & Kinross, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, and Angus Councils, as well as Angus Housing Association and Fairfield Housing Co-operative.

Esh Border Construction has further signed up to a four year contractor services framework with Hillcrest Housing Association for new build, refurb and regeneration projects with a regional focus on Dundee, Angus, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Perth and Kinross, Fife, Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The new Places for People partnership – a four year development framework split geographically and by value – is meanwhile designed to encourage uptake from public bodies looking to progress all types of construction jobs, while retaining a prime focus on housing.

Esh Border Construction will also work with Places for People on south-east and south-west Scotland projects ranging in values from £1m up to £20m plus.

The LAR framework will meanwhile last for a four year term and is aimed at those who are willing to design and build homes according to the housing trust’s specification on sites that are owned by it or under its control.

Esh Border Construction also successfully tendered for the Thenue Housing Association Development & Major Repairs Framework, which will include a £7.5m new build project at Abercromby Street in Calton, Glasgow, as well as the development of various small gap or demolition sites as they are identified and procured.

Finally, the City of Edinburgh Housing Asset Management Framework will see Esh Border Construction engaged on general fabric repair work across the council’s extensive housing stock of some 19,800 homes with contract values ranging from less than £1m to greater than £1m.

Regional managing director of Esh Border Construction, Simon Phillips, said: “Our strong reputation for successful delivery of both new build and refurbishment projects has resulted in a multi-million pound pipeline of social housing projects, and we continue to expand that further with fresh framework partnerships.

“Winning contracts through these types of agreements undoubtedly forms a significant part of our growth strategy.

“In turn, they ensure that registered providers have a wealth of high quality contractors available at a time when there’s particularly high demand.

“In signing up to these progressive frameworks, we have utilised our significant experience across a broad spectrum of sectors, including education, retail, industrial, commercial, leisure, public, healthcare, and historic buildings.

“We are proud to be part of each of them, and look forward to delivering on their aims, ultimately providing essential, attractive, and affordable properties across Scotland amid an acknowledged lack of housing stock.

“That’s without compromising on a desire to create sustainable family homes that are sympathetic to the surrounding area.”

Kingdom Housing Association launches Construction Academy to tackle industry skills shortage

(from left) Ross McCabe, Ewan O’Donnell, Lynne Dunn, (Kingdom’s Fife Works co-ordinator), Scott Kirkpatrick, (Kingdom acting development director), Bill Banks, (Kingdom Group chief executive), Dougie Herd, (Campion Homes construction director), John Hutton, (Campion site agent)

(from left) Ross McCabe, Ewan O’Donnell, Lynne Dunn, (Kingdom’s Fife Works co-ordinator), Scott Kirkpatrick, (Kingdom acting development director), Bill Banks, (Kingdom Group chief executive), Dougie Herd, (Campion Homes construction director), John Hutton, (Campion site agent)

Kingdom Housing Association is to launch a Construction Academy to create work opportunities for young people and help address the growing skills shortage in the construction industry.

As part of its affordable house-building programme Kingdom has already partnered with its main contractors to support 22 apprenticeships and has helped to create a further nine work placement opportunities.

Now the Association is to work with its contractors to build on that success.

Lynne Dunn, coordinator of Kingdom’s Fife Works, which supports the delivery of employment and training opportunities created through community benefit clauses in affordable housing contracts, said: “Building on the previous successes of Kingdom and its contractors, we are pleased to announce that Fife Works will be running a Construction Academy to support the recruitment needs of existing and new affordable housing developments, in particular, the regeneration of Fraser Avenue in Inverkeithing.”

Lynne added: “A 4-6 week training course is planned for June 2017, where 12 unemployed Fife individuals will undertake a variety of accredited construction training courses including CSCS, Manual Handling, PASMA, Working at Heights and Asbestos Awareness followed by a work placement at one of Kingdom’s affordable housing sites with Campion Homes.”

Paton Street, Dunfermline siteKingdom Housing assoc and Campion Homes with Fife works at the Paton Street Site Dunfermline. Plant operator Ross McCabe with Ewan O'Donnell

Plant operator Ross McCabe with Ewan O’Donnell

Dougie Herd, construction director with Campion Homes, said: “We are very pleased to be participating in the planned Construction Academy that will take place later this year which aims to provide real employment opportunities for local people, as part of the East Inverkeithing regeneration project.”

He added: “We have worked with Kingdom, as one of their framework contractors for many years and the continuity of work, through a planned programme of projects, provides us with the opportunity to incorporate various community benefits into the capital contracts. Over the last few contracts we have successfully been able to help four people with training and placement opportunities on our sites and have created 23 new jobs, including five new apprenticeships.”

Bill Banks, Kingdom Group chief executive, added: “New development projects provide opportunities to create community benefits as well as providing good quality affordable housing. The Construction Academy is an example of how we have been able to provide added value in terms of education, skills development and training, as part of our commitment to build strong communities.”

Ewan O’Donnell, who gained a job with Campion Homes after approaching Fife Works for help to find a job, welcomed the launch of the Construction Academy.

He said: “It is a great idea. It certainly worked for me. I was supported to attend various training courses including emergency First Aid, manual handling, Health and Safety Awareness and I gained my Construction Skills Certification Scheme card. I then had a period of work experience, through Campion Homes, at a Kingdom Housing development site in Leven.  After further training I was employed by Campion on a full time basis.”

Plant operator Ross McCabe with Ewan ODonnell and Lynne Dunn, Fife Works Co-ordinator

Plant operator Ross McCabe with Ewan ODonnell and Lynne Dunn, Fife Works co-ordinator

Ross McCabe, who was an unemployed Kingdom tenant but secured a job with Campion Homes after contacting Fife Works to find work, is another supporter of the new Construction Academy.

Fife Works identified a demand for plant machinery operators across Fife and Tayside and organised training for Ross to gain a Construction Plant Competency card. After seeing his CV, Campion agreed to employ him as a labourer on their Dunfermline sites. This role also included plant machinery operation, allowing him to gain essential hours of experience of driving the machines. He has now saved up and bought himself a car, allowing an easier commute to work.

Ross said: “I’m really thankful to the guys from Fife Works for supporting me to get through the plant operating training. Without the support to get through the training and help to actually get a job I wouldn’t be where I am today. Previously I had been working with agencies on short term contracts but now feel that I can use this training to build a career.”

Anyone interested in attending the Academy, or seeking more information, they should call Kingdoms Fife Works Team on 01592 862304.

“Excellent progress” on Kingdom’s new Dunfermline Homes

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Kingdom Housing Association has reported “excellent progress” on its development of 22 new homes at Paton Street in Dunfermline and announced that completion of the first phase is now expected for May this year.

The £3 million development will provide a mix of 2 and 3 bedroom family houses and the Scottish Government is providing  £1.7 million in funding to support the project.KingDun 2

The Paton Street project is one of the developments that will contribute to delivery of Fife Council’s target of 2,700 new homes for Phase 1 of the Fife Affordable Housing Programme and for the Scottish Government’s 50,000 new homes programme.

Further new homes are planned at the site but the programme is uncertain at this stage due to capacity constraints related to the local schools.

Bill Banks

Bill Banks

Bill Banks, chief executive with Kingdom, said: “The Paton Street project experienced early delays due to planning difficulties, however progress on site has been excellent since the work started in September last year.”

Bill added: “The new homes are mostly semi-detached or short terrace properties with their own gardens and parking, to reflect what tenants have told us they prefer.  They have been designed and built to very high standards and will attain the Silver Sustainability status, due to their air tight construction and high levels of insulation.  Not surprisingly, these types of properties are in very high demand from people who require quality social rented housing in the area, which is affordable to run.”

The project is being built for Kingdom by Campion Homes.

Dougie Herd, construction director of the Dunfermline firm, said:  “Campion have been providing affordable housing projects for Kingdom for many years and we pride ourselves on the quality of the new homes we provide.  We are investing heavily in both our residential and affordable housing programme and have plans to continue developing for Kingdom and other RSL’s and Local Authorities in the future.”

And finally… Street to be named after pioneering Levenmouth architect

Bob Watt

Bob Watt

An architect who made a key contribution to the regeneration of Levenmouth is to be commemorated with a street named after him in Kingdom Housing Association’s latest development at Methil Brae, which Kingdom is developing for Glen Housing Association.

Bob Watt was 73 when he died in May 2012 after a short illness. But his friends and colleagues continue to take pride in his efforts to boost communities and regenerate Levenmouth.

Welcoming the news, Iain Mitchell, managing director of Sinclair Watt Architects, said: “It is not an overstatement to say that Levenmouth lost one of its leading visionaries for the creation of a better future with the passing of Bob Watt.”

He explaned: “Bob moved to Methil from Glasgow in 1969 to continue the practice of Peter Sinclair who had been based in the town since 1924. Bob said that he chose Methil and Levenmouth because he thought he could make a difference here.

“In the early 1970s he won the brief to prepare a design for the redevelopment of Lower Methil. The first phase comprised of 135 houses and was successfully completed for the Burgh of Buckhaven & Methil for which the firm was awarded a Civic Trust Award. The practice continued in local authority housing until council reorganization.”

Iain added: “In the early 1990’s Bob was instrumental in preparing the Fife ‘HARCA’ Report with Kingdom Housing Association as the lead housing association. The report identified that there was a lack of good quality family housing in the Buckhaven and Methil areas. Tenants and residents canvassed said they wanted to see better provision for young children together with a better future for their teenage children. They wanted to live in well designed, safe homes that were energy efficient. The report identified 36 sites in the area for proposed redevelopment many of which have now been developed.”

Sinclair Watt’s involvement with Fife’s housing associations continues to the present day and the firm has designed and delivered over 1000 affordable homes throughout Fife and central Scotland.

Iain said: “Bob was always proud of this achievement as enhancing the Levenmouth area was always his passion. Leven Valley Development Trust, of which he was a founding trustee, was established in 1997 with the prime objective of improving the area for the better of the community and the people who lived and worked here.”

In November 2010 in association with the Trust, Sinclair Watt Architects created a ‘masterplan’ for the regeneration of the Leven Valley which included the derelict industrial land in the River Leven estuary.

The enhancement of the River Leven footpath and the housing sites being developed for Fife Council, Kingdom Housing Association and Glen Housing Association at Methil Brae formed part of Bob’s ‘masterplan’ for the area.

Kingdom Housing chief executive, Bill Banks, said: “It is very fitting that one of the streets within the Methil Brae housing development is to be named after Bob Watt. Bob’s work in the community where he lived and worked was tireless. He didn’t expect praise or accolades, but we are sure that he would be very proud of the various tributes that have been afforded to his memory.”

Falkirk Council launches bid to secure nearly 800 homes for social rent

Falkirk_CouncilA bid to make nearly 800 affordable homes available to rent over the next five years is being launched by Falkirk Council this month.

Around £35 million of funding is being sought from Scottish Government in a consortium bid led by the local authority on behalf of itself and other social landlords in the area to add to the £55m to be provided by the bidders.

Falkirk Council is aiming to provide 562 homes (202 new build and 360 buybacks where former council homes are brought back into social ownership).

Over the past five years, the council has provided 338 new build properties and 243 buy back properties.

The homes will be a mix of housing types spread across Stenhousemuir, Denny, Falkirk, Grangemouth, Bo’ness, Whitecross, Tamfourhill, Dunipace and Dennyloanhead.

Councillor Gerry Goldie, spokesperson for housing, said: “Making new and affordable homes available locally is a big priority for us and this ambitious bid if successful will see nearly 800 properties available for social renting across the Falkirk area.

“Combining our resources with other social landlords ensures we can maximise the bid and get the most out of our application for local communities across the Falkirk area.

“We are already in negotiations with the Scottish Government to ensure we get the best deal for residents in the area and deliver housing where it is really needed.”

The other social landlords involved in the bid are Weslo Housing Management; Kingdom Housing Association and Link Housing Association who are aiming to provide a further 224 new home builds bring the total to 786 homes available.