CONSTRUCTION of housing at a new community in St Andrews is set to start next month.
The breaking of ground on the first phase of St Andrews West (STAW) follows the granting of planning consent by Fife Council. The site aims to provide an ‘exemplar’ new urban development and deliver ‘considerable’ employment opportunities.
These proposals form part of the wider St Andrews West masterplan, approved by Fife Council in June 2019. The overall development will comprise up to 900 new homes along with university, business and employment land.
Designed by Studio LBA, works starts on Phase 1 – the first 38 of 96 units – including a mix of terraced, semi-detached housing, flats and maisonettes.
Sustainability measures include air source heat pumps and biodiverse landscaping, with the site aiming to reduce energy consumption through high levels of insulation and air-tightness.
Shared streets, cycle lanes and connections to wider public transport networks are designed to encourage sustainable travel, while a central ‘green corridor’ and active travel route will run through the site to connect neighbourhoods and provide social amenity space.
Headon S1 St Andrews West, the developers behind St Andrews West, brings together two family businesses. Headon is a St Andrews-based developer with over 30 years of experience developing in the town. S1 Developments and the Teague family have been behind many residential developments primarily in the Edinburgh area.
Joe Headon, director at Headon S1 St Andrews West, said, “We are delighted to be commencing work in September at St Andrews West, breaking ground to deliver the first new homes, as well as transport links and greenspace. A combination of two family-owned businesses, with an enviable reputation for the quality of the developments delivered, it is fabulous to be finally turning our vision of this contemporary neighbourhood, which has evolved over many years, into a reality.
“This first phase aims to deliver an exemplar new urban development, firmly bedded in the rich history of the town and with sustainability at its very heart. Whilst being contemporary in design, we are conscious of the obvious sensitivities of placing a new development in such a historic town and have taken considerable care to design it accordingly.
“We look forward to shortly being able to reveal further details on the first phase of homes.”