Springfield Partnerships Reach Muirhouse Milestone
Scottish House Builder of the Year 2013, Springfield Properties, has today handed over the keys to Muirhouse Housing Association for the first nine homes at its Edinburgh development.
These nine homes are the first to be completed within the phase one development of 58 units and mark a significant point in the £23million project which on completion will see the construction of 202 affordable properties, replacing a once vacant site.
The three year project will see a range of one bedroom flats to four bedroom semi-detached houses constructed to address a cross-section of housing needs for the local Muirhouse community.
The new homes, built to silver sustainability standard, will offer the tenant’s energy cost savings through the use of efficient modern building practices and materials, coupled with renewable energy. Each property benefits from built-in energy efficient technology, including air source heat pumps, which will ensure that every tenant enjoys considerably lower energy payments when compared to older properties.
Springfield’s Partnerships Development Manager Dave Main, said:
“Working in partnership with various Housing Associations across the country, Springfield is committed to addressing the widening mid-market tenure gap and existing need for social rented homes within the property market. Handing over the first nine units of the Muirhouse development is the first step in fulfilling this need here in Edinburgh.
“We have worked with a number of housing associations over the years and are pleased to be working with Muirhouse on this project, helping to provide much needed homes in the local area as well as regenerating a once vacant site. We look forward to completing phase one in the coming months and to continuing our positive contribution to this local community over the next few years which will see over 200 new properties built.”
Commenting on the handover, Director of Muirhouse Housing Association, Brenda Tonner, said:
“This handover marks a significant point within the project and we look forward to the completion of phase one. We aim to continue the project with the commencement of phase two early in 2014. When the project is finished it will provide 202 families and households with modern, affordable homes.
“The properties will not only provide additional social rented property, but will also include homes aimed at the mid-market rent sector. This relatively new tenure aims to help people on modest incomes who may have difficulty buying their own home or renting a suitable property at an affordable price.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Springfield Properties in completing these high quality affordable homes and we are thrilled to welcome our tenants to their new homes in time to start the New Year.”