Glenrothes re-development project complete

A total of 157 new homes have been built on the site of the old maisonettes (below).
A total of 157 new homes have been built on the site of the old maisonettes (below).

The final phase of a £17 million re-development project in Tanshall and Caskieberran has been completed by Kingdom Housing Association.

Over 150 new homes have been constructed in an area which contained 11 maisonette blocks that were difficult to manage and maintain and were unpopular with applicants who required housing.

The housing association has been working in partnership with Fife Council since 2004 when the area was designated an Estate Regeneration Action Area and a master plan was produced to facilitate the design and provision of high quality affordable housing.

The unpopular maisonettes were demolished and the area was redeveloped to provide new homes, to meet a full range of needs for social rent.

Fife Council and the Scottish Government contributed 65 per cent of the £17 million required to undertake the project.

Bill Banks, chief executive with Kingdom, said: “The project had to be phased over a number of years to recognise the funding availability and the rehousing requirements of tenants in the original blocks.

“Although there was low demand for these properties, there was a high housing need in the area and we wanted to provide excellent quality new homes which would help sustain the community in the Glenrothes area.

“We are very proud of what has been achieved and of the 157 new homes which have been provided.”

The final phase was completed last week.

The project has been developed through a partnership contract with Hart Builders, who have contributed to the community benefits objectives through directly participating in various training, employment initiative and education programmes with Tanshall primary school.

A range of high quality homes

The majority of the new homes are suitable for families which represent the highest needs in the area, however some spacious one bedroom flats have also been incorporated into the mix to provide a housing option for people who want to downsize or move to a smaller home in response to Welfare Reform changes.

The houses have been built to Kingdom’s high quality design criteria.

They have won Secured by Design accreditation and have high energy efficiency standards including the use of renewable technologies and energy monitoring meters.