Construction of a new affordable housing development in Fife has reached the halfway stage. The £12 million Fife Council development at Methil Brae will see 100 properties built on the site of the former Glencast Foundry.
Local councillors and ward members recently received a tour of the development, which is being delivered by Robertson Partnership Homes with timber frame supplied by Robertson Timber Engineering.
“Construction at Methil Brae is well underway, taking an area of derelict, brownfield land and transforming it into much-needed local housing. This project is rooted in the community and we are delighted to be working with local subcontractors during the build. Methil Brae has also given local apprentices the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience in the construction sector, helping them onto the career ladder in the process.”
The project comprises a mixture of one- to five-bedroom properties, including semi-detached units, bungalows and cottage flats.
Construction of the timber frame involves off-site manufacture where panels are produced in a controlled factory environment, reducing wastage of materials and ensuring the production of a high-quality product ready to be used in the construction process.
“The speed of the timber-frame build process is of huge benefit to the affordable housing sector in Fife and beyond.
David continued: “An efficient construction process allows trade subcontractors to get on site sooner, enabling them to complete properties in line with the tight construction programme. This leaves prospective tenants to enjoy moving into their high-quality new-build homes in Methil.”
Councillor David Graham of Ward 23, said: “This is one of our largest developments in the affordable housing programme, which will see 2,700 new affordable homes delivered by spring 2017.
“Today has been a great opportunity to see there is good progress being made on site at Methil and to witness that we are well on our way to meeting that target, which will be delivered on a number of developments all across Fife.’’
The first phase of housing is due to be available for rent in summer 2016.