Children from Dairsie Primary School in North East Fife donned hard-hats and hi-viz vests for a tour of Kingdom Housing Association’s first development in the village before receiving selection boxes as an early Christmas gift from contractor Campion Homes.
The mixed-tenure site at Station Road, Dairsie provides new homes for private sale and eight units for social rent, managed and maintained by Kingdom with the new tenants already settling in to enjoy their first Christmas in their brand new energy-efficient homes. The properties also meet Housing for Varying Needs, Secured by Design and Kingdom’s own design standards.
The £1.1 million project, achieved with the help of Scottish Government funding of £635,328, is part of Kingdom’s 2019/20 programme target of delivering 401 new homes and starting on site with a further 509 homes. Equating to approximately £64m total investment, it’s the largest programme of development in the Association’s 40-year history.
Ian Paul, contract manager at Campion Homes, was joined at Dairsie Primary School by Nicola Gartshore, project officer at Kingdom Housing Association, to hand over the selection boxes to the schoolchildren and said: “In recognition of the Dairsie community welcoming the new residents of Dairsie Meadows, Campion Homes is delighted to present these gifts to the children of the primary school.”
Bill Banks, Kingdom Group chief executive, said: “The development of 8 social rented homes may appear to be a small project, however, the new two and three-bedroom bungalows will make a significant contribution to the local housing needs in the village and help sustain the local community. The design and layout of the new homes will meet a range of needs.
“As part of our community benefits programme Kingdom always works hard to bring ‘more than a home’ to the villages and towns where we provide high quality, affordable housing. Working in partnership with Campion Homes we were delighted to welcome some of the schoolchildren from Dairsie Primary School to our new development at Station Road and wish them all a very Merry Christmas.”