Kingdom Housing Association has started work on 85 affordable new homes for social rent on the former Tullis Russell paper mill site in Glenrothes.
The new homes will form part of a larger residential-led mixed-use development being overseen by Advance Construction and is expected to include a total of 850 homes as well as retail, business and industrial units.
Working in partnership with Campion Homes and Advance Construction, Kingdom secured the affordable housing element of the project and the remainder of the site will be developed in several phases by a range of leading housebuilders.
The development will cater for the needs of the local community by incorporating a range of housing designs, including larger family homes and homes suitable for older people or tenants with particular housing needs.
Kingdom’s new homes have been designed with the current and future needs of residents in mind and will offer properties that can adapt as the needs of the tenants change.
The properties, being built by Campion Homes, will also benefit from low carbon heating supplied by the Glenrothes Heat Network which takes steam generated as a by-product from the local Markinch CHP biomass plant which uses recycled timber to generate power.
Kingdom Group Chief Executive Bill Banks said, “This exciting new development of affordable properties for social rent in Glenrothes provides residents with homes which are not only safe and secure but also highly energy efficient. One of Kingdom’s strategic objectives is our commitment to sustainability and all of the new homes will benefit from low carbon heating and solar photovoltaic panels and public electric vehicle charging points will be provided.”
Bill added, “I’m delighted that the development at the former Tullis Russel paper mill site allows us to continue working collaboratively with Fife Council, Campion Homes, Advance Construction and Oliver & Robb Architects to help meet the current housing needs in the area.
The total project cost is £14.6 million and funding of £7.3 million has been provided by The Scottish Government.
The project is scheduled to complete in Spring 2022 with phased handovers planned prior to final completion.