Kingdom Housing Association completes second phase of award-winning development in Fife
The award winning refurbishment of Fraser Avenue in Inverkeithing by the Kingdom Housing Association has reached a key milestone with the completion of the second phase of the development.
Winning Large Affordable Housing Development of the Year at the Scottish Home Awards 2020, Phase 1 of the regeneration delivered 53 energy efficient affordable housing units for social rent at a cost of £7.9million.
Phase 2 of the regeneration delivered an additional 61 homes at a cost of £9.6million, bringing the total cost of the much-needed regeneration to £17.5million, with funding of £8.8million sterling provided by the Scottish Government.
Julie Watson, Head of Capital Investments at Kingdom, said: “The transformation of Fraser Avenue from the demolition of Phase 1 in March 2017 to the handover of Phase 2 homes is incredible. Fraser Avenue demonstrates what can be achieved with community involvement and the project has reinforced the need to work collaboratively to achieve common goals, share best practices and help recreate a sense of community.
“As part of the transfer of Phase 2 properties, we were delighted to welcome Cecil Grant to his new home. Cecil was a founding member of the Fraser Avenue Regeneration Project who moved to the street when he was 4 years old. 66 years later, Cecil is the last Fraser Avenue tenant to move into his new home.
Built in 1956, the original Fraser Avenue estate comprised 3 storey shared access flats and was ranked in the top 15% deprived area in Scotland.
Fife Council took the decision to demolish the original flats and transferred the land to Kingdom Housing Association which they have chosen as the development partner for the project to build, own and manage the new housing. Kingdom then appointed Campion Homes as its design and construction partner.
Kingdom Group Managing Director Bill Banks said: “The regeneration of Fraser Avenue is a great example of how development can transform an area. The project helped break down barriers to create a strong sense of ownership, meet local needs, and deliver high sustainability and improved environmental standards. This project would not have been possible without the support of Fife Council, the Scottish Government and other stakeholders including the main contractor, Campion Homes, the architect 7N and the other designers who provided significant input into the process of regeneration. Most importantly, it is important to recognize the local population, the project recognized community participation and engagement at all stages and this provided direction and community engagement.
“We have just started design work for Phase 3 and aim to start on site early next year, subject to all legal clearances being obtained.”