Springfield Launch Major Edinburgh Project for Muirhouse

5 June 2013
Kevin at Muirhouse

The significant signing took place at Springfield’s company headquarters at Alexander Fleming House in Elgin with Muirhouse chairperson Michael Woods and director Brenda Toner and Springfield partnerships director Tom Leggeat.

The project will bring new jobs and skills to the local area and address a cross-section of housing need with a mix of social rent and intermediate tenure mid-market rental.

Phase One has a value in the region of £6.9 million and is for 58 homes with a mix of houses and flats.

This tried and tested model has seen Springfield deliver over 1000 affordable homes and the company bid successfully on the open market for the site and approached Muirhouse Housing Association with a proposal.

The proposition was attractive from the outset to Muirhouse director, Brenda Toner.

She said: “We were delighted to be approached by Springfield regarding a development opportunity within our community. We liked their attitude which is very much ‘tell us what you need and we will provide it’. “Springfield’s flexible approach to partnership means we are developing new homes within 12 months of beginning negotiations, and the development will be complete within three years.”

The homes will be built to Silver Sustainability Standard making them inexpensive for tenants to run. Springfield’s expertise in the commercial delivery of these highly energy efficient homes adopts a fabric-first approach to achieve cost effectiveness in the build and value for the RSL.

According to Springfield Partnerships’ director Tom Leggeat, Springfield’s volume procurement model generates great value for RSLs, He says: “The model passes on to the RSL, the value of economies of scale and time generated by repetition of design, construction techniques, construction programming and Springfield’s supply chain economies. Savings are made on the procurement of materials and sub-contracts and on the duration of the build.”

Springfield will employ local labour and set up local supply chains for sub-contract work. The company aims to have 10% of the workforce apprenticed.