SPRINGFIELD Properties has handed over the keys to the first nine units at its Edinburgh development to Muirhouse Housing Association.
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.
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 community.
The new homes, built to silver sustainability standard, will offer the tenant’s increased energy cost savings through the use of modern building practices and materials, coupled with renewable energy.
Each property will also benefit from the built-in increased energy efficient technology, including air source heat pumps, which will ensure that every tenant will enjoy 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.
“Handing over the first nine units of the Muirhouse development is the first step in fulfilling this need here in Edinburgh. We look forward to completing phase one and to continuing our positive contribution to this local community over the next few years which will see over 200 new properties built.”
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.
“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.”