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Kingdom completes £18m housing project in Kincardine

The completed homes at Devilla in Kincardine

The final phase of a major affordable housing development in Kincardine, Fife, has been completed by Kingdom Housing Association after a multi-million pound construction project.

The redevelopment of Devilla in Kincardine began nearly eight years ago on the site of three former blocks of high rise flats. The development has delivered 133 new homes providing housing for a range of affordable housing tenures, including social rent, mid-market rent and private sale.

The total project cost around £18 million, with the Scottish Government and Fife Council providing approximately £10m in subsidy to support the redevelopment with the balance of the funding raised by Kingdom.

The latest phase, the third and final aspect of the work, saw the construction of 49 properties in total, providing 2 homes for social rent, 31 homes for Mid-Market Rent (MMR) and 16 homes for Affordable Sale to Priority Purchasers, supported by Scottish Government grant funding and investment through Allia’s charitable bond programme. Work on this final phase began in April 2016 and was finished in December 2017.

The Kincardine flats before demolition

The new homes for MMR and sale were provided by Kingdom Initiatives, a subsidiary of Kingdom Housing Association.

Bill Banks, Kingdom’s chief executive, said: “This has been a very successful regeneration project progressed through collaborative working with the community and various partners. Close collaboration with Fife Council enabled the project to proceed and Kingdom Initiatives were able to access the private funding for the project through the on-lending of funds, from Kingdom Housing Association, that were raised through the Allia bond, which provided £2.75m, of the private funding with £1.85m being the receipts from sales recycled back in to future Kingdom Initiatives provision.”

Nick Pollard, director of corporate support services for Kingdom, said: “The funding Kingdom obtained through Allia’s charitable bond programme with Scottish Government was complementary to this significant multi tenure development at Devilla, Kincardine delivering added benefits in terms of our corporate social responsibility objectives. The 10-year funding is unsecured and the most attractive aspect is that the process for acquiring and on-going management and monitoring of the borrowing was and is both simple, effective and efficient.”

Phil Caroe, director of social finance for Allia, said: “Allia’s charitable bond programme provides funding to help housing associations develop new affordable homes, so it’s great to see how our loan to Kingdom has supported the completion of this new housing development for the benefit of the community in Kincardine.”

Minister for local government and housing Kevin Stewart MSP visited the project during the construction stage

Two of the high-rise flats that previously stood on the site were demolished in June 2010, following a council decision to redevelop the area. The other high rise was demolished in 2013, when some new housing had been constructed to meet needs of tenants who wished to remain in the area.

Bill Banks added: “The homes that have all been built to high quality standards and have been designed to meet the building regulations silver sustainability standard. They have highly efficient boilers, waste water and gas flue heat recovery, high levels of insulation and triple glazed windows. The new homes will be very efficient to run for residents and meet Secured by Design standards. Completion of the Devilla development marks a major step forward for the standard of housing available in Kincardine and we are sure it will be a benefit to the community for years to come.”

Dunfermline based Campion Homes acted as the main contractor for the project, which was designed by Oliver & Robb Architects, Scott Bennett Associates, both of Dunfermline, and Langmuir & Hay of Glasgow.

Planning bid for 43 homes on former Dundee school site

Abertay Housing Association has unveiled proposals to deliver 43 new homes on the former site of a primary school in Dundee.

Detailed plans submitted to Dundee City Council’s planning department indicate that the homes, situated at the former Charleston Primary School on South Road, will be a mix of terraced, semi-detached and detached homes with two or three bedrooms.

There will also be cottage flats with ground-floor wheelchair provision, to ensure that those with additional needs are adequately supported.

Designed by Oliver and Robb Architects, the homes will be developed by CCG Scotland should the project receive the green light.

Staff from Abertay Housing Association held a consultation on the latest plans in November last year and said the proposals had been warmly received.

In a report included with the application, the firm said the new homes would be a good fit for the area due to its proximity to Charleston Community Centre and nearby shops and schools.

The report reads: “The development will provide 43 affordable dwellings of differing size and needs suitable for a varying demographic.

“The close relationship of community centre, library, shops, play areas and primary school all increase and justify the sustainability of the proposal.

“The proposals were met positively, with no objections raised by any visitors. The community generally welcomed the redevelopment of the site.”

Charleston Primary School was demolished after pupils were relocated to the new Camperdown campus in 2013.

Minister opens Kingdom’s latest prestigious affordable housing project

Some of the new homes at Pittencrieff Street

Some of the new homes at Pittencrieff Street

Kingdom Housing Association has marked the completion of 65 new affordable homes for Mid Market Rent at Pittencrieff Street, Dunfermline.

A number of guests attended the event which was officiated by the housing and welfare minister Margaret Burgess MSP, who opened the new project and unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion. Guests were given a chance to view the newly completed homes and meet some of the new tenants.

Charles Milne, Kingdom’s chairperson welcomed the minister, invited her to unveil the plaque and introduced the official party. Mr Milne referred to the recently published Commission for Housing and Welfare Report and highlighted the importance of the need for increased investment in affordable housing provision and the contribution that affordable housing can make to the recommendations in the report.

The housing and welfare minister, Margaret Burgess MSP said: “The Scottish Government has contributed £1.885 million to assist in the construction of this development in Dunfermline.

“These properties have been constructed to a high standard with good access to the town centre. I am sure these flats will provide a warm and welcoming home for the tenants who move in to them.

“This government recognises the importance in providing affordable housing, and is well on the way to meeting its commitment to provide 30,000 affordable houses within the lifetime of this parliament.

“Part of that commitment has been to support the provision of homes for mid-market rent, aimed at those who would not otherwise be able to obtain social rented housing, but who can afford an intermediate rent.”

Kingdom chairperson, Charles Milne leads housing and welfare minister, Margaret Burgess MSP on a tour of the new development

Kingdom chairperson, Charles Milne leads housing and welfare minister, Margaret Burgess MSP on a tour of the new development

The minister was joined by the official party, including Charles Milne, Kingdom’s chairperson, Martyn Evans, CEO Carnegie UK Trust; Councillor Judy Hamilton, Fife Council’s executive spokesperson for housing and building services and David Little, chairperson of Kingdom’s subsidiary, Kingdom Initiatives.

The project provides a mix of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments which have been built with modern living in mind and have helped meet the high housing demand for Mid Market Rent accommodation in the area.

The completed homes have been leased to Kingdom’s subsidiary, Kingdom Initiatives, who will let and manage the tenancies. David Little, chairperson with Kingdom Initiatives, spoke about the successful partnership arrangements and gave details on the profiles of the tenants who have been allocated the new homes.

Mr Little said: “Kingdom will have developed around 230 mid market rented homes by the end of this year and we are finding there is an exceptionally high demand for quality affordable housing projects of this type and tenure, from the priority applicants.”

Martyn Evans, chief executive officer with the Carnegie UK Trust and chair of the Fairer Fife Commission spoke about the work of the Carnegie UK Trust and Andrew Carnegie, who gifted the nearby Pittencrieff Park to the people of Dunfermline and how he felt affordable housing provision was helping to reduce poverty and address equality issues.

Mr Evans also spoke about the benefits of collaborative working and said: “Housing associations have forged funding partnerships, development partnerships, design partnerships and most of all tenant partnerships.”

The £6.2m project, developed by Kingdom, was delivered in partnership with Fife Council and £2.1m subsidy was received from the Scottish Government and Fife Council to assist the funding of the project.

Councillor Judy Hamilton updated the guests on the progress with the Fife Affordable Housing Programme to deliver 2700 by March 2017, confirming that the programme was on target and the Pittencrieff Street project was the 1000th unit completion as part of the programme.

Councillor Hamilton said: “We are now well on our way to delivering our target of affordable housing in Fife. These particular houses are in high demand which shows the real need for quality, affordable houses in the Kingdom. Alongside our partners, we will continue to work with local communities to find the best housing solutions for their area.”

In addition to providing much needed affordable housing, the project has allowed various community initiatives to be delivered including; apprenticeships, employment and training initiatives, school projects and the provision of a play area.

Peter Bell, managing director with local Fife developer, Campion Homes, who completed the project for Kingdom as part of a design and build contract, said he was “very pleased with the completed development and the opportunities it gave them to delivery community benefits”.

The project has been designed as a prestigious gateway project and designed to a very high specification and energy efficient standards. The project has achieved Secured by Design accreditation, the official UK Police Initiative supporting the principles of designing out crime. Police Scotland attended the ceremony and Inspector Ian Flynn, Dunfermline Community Inspector presented the Secured by Design certificates to Kingdom, Campion and Oliver and Robb Architects.

Charles Milne, Kingdom’s chairperson, said: “We were very proud of our achievements however we are not complacent as we remain driven to contribute, in ever increasing numbers, to the many homes which 150,000 Scottish families so badly need.”

Mr Milne thanked the speakers; the partners involved in the project and hoped the tenants enjoyed their new homes.