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.
It has been a year of milestones for Springfield.
For the first time we passed £100 million annual turnover. This is a great achievement for everyone at Springfield and is a testament to our hard work and customer focus. Further to this Springfield were successful is floating the company on the Alternative Investment Market, raising £25 million in new shares.
Significant progress is being made with Springfield villages. Bertha Park, Perth went on sale in September and was a hit with customers. We had 60 visitors in the opening weekend. Detailed plans for another of our villages, Durieshill, Stirling were submitted in December.
Golf View, luxury apartments overlooking Elgin Golf Course, The Range, Elgin and an extension to our sought after Knockomie Braes development in Forres went on sale this year.
Springfield Partnerships has a target of building 1,500 new affordable homes in the next three years. Planning for 74 homes just off Springfield Avenue in Duns was submitted to the Scottish Borders Council in July. This is the first Springfield development in the borders solely for affordable homes.
2017 is also the year we introduced our Choices Interactive platform. Our award winning initiative has been taken to a new digital level. Customers can now go on online and instantly see the thousands of combinations of flooring, paint colours, kitchen worktops and doors. They can browse through all of the choices on offer and get a visual representation of what their new home could look like.
Bertha Park, Perth, a new 3,000 home village, is given the green light, by Perth and Kinross Council. 2,500 homes in Elgin South, 100 homes at Hamilton Road, Motherwell and 106 homes, including the conversion of an existing steading into three houses at Linkwood, Elgin have also been approved.
Customers queued when homes at Hamilton Road, Motherwell went on sale in November. The development proved to be popular with 12 reservations in the first weekend.
Looking to awards, Homes for Scotland awarded Middleton of Canmore, Braemar, Private Development of the Year (Small). Duncansfield, Elgin won Premier Guarantees' Large Development of the Year with Site Manger, Victor Grant, scooping up the UK Site Manager of the Year award for his work on the site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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 employ our first in-house construction employees, begin our first major residential development − 100 homes at Forres – and launch Choices at Springfield!
Springfield’s first employee, young architect John Main, is taken on. John becomes the company’s managing director from 2006 to 2009.