Fife MP visits Kingdom’s development at former paper mill site in Glenrothes

Glenrothes MP Peter Grant has visited the former Tullis Russell paper mill site in Glenrothes where Kingdom Housing Association is developing 85 affordable new homes for social rent.

Fife MP visits Kingdom’s development at former paper mill site in Glenrothes

Bill Banks and Peter Grant

The new homes will form part of a larger residential-led mixed-use development being overseen by Advance Construction and is expected to include a total of 850 homes as well as retail, business and industrial units.

Working in partnership with Campion Homes and Advance Construction, Kingdom secured the affordable housing element of the project and the remainder of the site will be developed in several phases by a range of leading housebuilders.

The development will cater for the needs of the local community by incorporating a range of housing designs, including larger family homes and homes suitable for older people or tenants with particular housing needs.

Kingdom’s new homes have been designed with the current and future needs of residents in mind and will offer properties that can adapt as the needs of the tenants change.

The properties, being built by Campion Homes, will also benefit from low carbon heating supplied by the Glenrothes Heat Network which takes steam generated as a by-product from the local Markinch CHP biomass plant which uses recycled timber to generate power.

Following the visit, Peter Grant MP said: “I was delighted to visit the Kingdom Housing Association development at the former Tullis Russell site and am pleased that more affordable social housing is being built in Glenrothes.

“I was interested to hear about the development’s low carbon heating system which will make the housing more sustainable and energy efficient. It’s great to see the steps Kingdom is taking to ensure they are not only cutting the impact of the new properties on climate change but also reducing energy costs for tenants.”

Bill Banks, Kingdom Group, said: “Kingdom’s commitment to innovation and sustainability is long-standing, with our low carbon journey and desire for greener developments beginning some time ago. We are committed to working towards a mainstream programme centred around sustainability and net-zero carbon. This ambition is demonstrated through a number of projects currently on-site.

“The development at the former Tullis Russell paper mill site will tap into the local district heating network resulting in carbon reductions and a reduced dependence on fossil fuels.

“I’m delighted that this project allows us to continue working collaboratively with Fife Council, Campion Homes, Advance Construction and Oliver & Robb Architects to help meet the current housing needs in the area.”

The total project cost is £14.6 million and funding of £7.3m has been provided by the Scottish Government.

The project started on site in December 2020 with phased handovers planned prior to final completion in January 2023.

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