15-31 May 2012 Dunfermline, Fife
This month, an exciting Showcase to promote sustainability and demonstrate how new methods of construction can be transferred to mainstream affordable housing will take place in Fife.
Led by Kingdom Housing Association and Fife Council. The project will showcase 10 different Modern Methods of Construction through 10 different construction Partners, demonstrating the capacity of these systems to be mainstreamed as affordable housing.
The site at Dunlin Drive, Dunfermline, was chosen as part of a five phase master plan to build 121 new affordable homes. The showcase element is the first phase of 27 new homes for social rent.
The main objective of the showcase is to develop different forms of Modern Methods of Construction which demonstrate design flexibility and have the ability to be integrated into larger developments. main aims of the showcase are to:
- test and demonstrate different house systems and renewable technologies
- test the cost, energy performance and flexibility of a number of new systems
- trial and promote sustainable housing products
- let the construction industry itself showcase new and innovative products
- deliver wider Community Benefits across the showcase
- promote affordable housing in Fife
- showcase sustainable housing methods
On the back of this flagship project an exhibition is planned within the site to showcase the products, services and technology related to modern methods of construction. Exhibitors will have exposure on a national stage with industry buyers and professionals being attracted from across the UK.
The Showcase will include a week long programme of media visits, technical tours, visits from education groups and general open days followed by a general open period of two weeks.
The project is a partnership between Kingdom Housing Association, Fife Council Enterprise, Planning and Protective Services, Fife Construction Forum and Green Business Fife Network. Training opportunities are being progressed through Fife Works and Opportunities Fife and educational activities are also being progressed with the local primary schools, Carnegie, Adam Smith and Elmwood Colleges and St Andrews and Napier Universities.
The Showcase cost is £3.5 million and funding assistance has been provided by the Scottish Government, Fife Council 2nd Homes Council Tax Fund and private finance through Kingdom Housing Association.
Further information can be found on the Housing Innovation Showcase Website.