The history of Springfield Properties
Springfield Properties can trace its roots back to the middle of last century when Wilfred Adam (grandfather of the current chairman, Sandy Adam) established a market garden business – Springfield Gardens.
Some 30 years later the company built its first homes on the site of the market garden. Since then, there have been many successes at Springfield. Here are just a few of them.
Springfield’s first employee, young architect John Main, is taken on. John becomes the company’s managing director from 2006 to 2009.
We employ our first in-house construction employees, begin our first major residential development − 100 homes at Forres – and launch Choices at Springfield!
We build our first affordable home. High quality affordable housing is now a substantial part of our business. In 2014 we’ll complete our 1,000th.
We start work on Elgin South at Glassgreen – 1,100 new homes and extensive community facilities.
With high demand for new homes in Elgin South, we launch the Linkwood development of 300 new homes. Eager buyers camp out overnight to secure a home – a sign of things to come!
Construction starts on the first phase of Southfield Community Park, the home of the north of Scotland’s largest medical centre, a 12,000sqft retail space, a 6,000sqft day care nursery and 17,000sqft of offices.
We begin to install air source heat pumps in affordable homes. This initiative goes on to become the largest roll out of air source heat pump technology for residential use in Scotland.
We move to a purpose built office, Alexander Fleming House, named after the Scot who many believe had the greatest positive impact on the way we live today.
Springfield buys its first Edinburgh development, Edina Apartments in Milton Road East, 40 part-built apartments. The development had been a victim of the credit crunch and would be finished out by Springfield. Edina bucks all trends and sells out in a record 20 weeks.
Moray Hydrotherapy Pool − donated to the charity by Springfield − is opened by Lady Moray.
Springfield buys Redrow’s Scottish business for £49 million. The deal adds another 800 quality development plots to our portfolio.
Springfield Choices is rolled out for central Scotland customers.
We complete the first 2016 compliant Gold Active Energy Standard home in Scotland. Built in partnership with Kraft Architects and David Blaikie, it’s unveiled at the Fife Innovation in Housing Showcase to much acclaim. The house is constructed from a super insulated kit and a timber core. The project makes the shortlist for a Saltire Award.
Contracts are signed and work begins on over 200 new affordable homes for Muirhouse Housing Association in Edinburgh. Working ahead of regulations, each of these homes will be built to Silver energy standard.
Springfield is named Housebuilder of the Year. Judges remarked that they recognised we were trying to do things differently to get a better outcome for everyone.
We’re working on over 30 live sites and there’s lots in the pipeline, including masterplans for over 3500 homes in Perth and A new village at Dundee − and a variety of other developments across Scotland.
Another busy year at Springfield. New developments are launched at Nairn, Milton of Campsie, Uddingston and Lanark. Demand is high and keen customers camp out at their desired developments to get the home they want.
The Springfield Partnerships Team, specialist in affordable housing, win Partnership of the year in December, not long after handing over their 1,000th affordable home.
Springfield celebrate another landmark as the final part of the ‘Redrow’ deal concludes with the final payment made as scheduled.
There is quite a haul of awards for Springfield in 2014. We are awarded House Builder of the Year, for the 2nd year in a row, Scottish Business of the Year, Sales and Marketing Excellence, Best Employer and our unique ‘Choices’ wins best Customer Initiative.
Springfield continues to grow steadily and invest in the future of the industry. As staff numbers rise we have reached our target of having apprentices form 10% of the workforce.
Dykes of Gray, Dundee launches with customers camping out overnight to reserve their new home.
There are two new appointments to the board with Ewan MacLeod and Tom Leggeat both being promoted from within the company.
Springfield’s customer focused approach is recognized again with ‘It’s Included’ winning the Best Customer Service Initiative. And we scoop up the coveted Home Builder of the Year Award.
Today, we’re still a family run business, following the same down to earth approach that puts our customers at the centre of everything we do.