Fife regeneration project commended for housing innovation

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.

Fife regeneration project commended for housing innovation

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.”

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