Dec 07, 2019 Last Updated 10:52 AM, Aug 14, 2019

Regenerating Vineburgh

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The Scottish Government has boosted housing supply budgets by investing £1.7b in affordable housing since 2009. Through its partners in councils and housing associations, it has now delivered more than 21,000 new affordable homes.


Russell Roof Tiles has supplied roofing solutions for 300 units in Vineburgh in Irvine, the largest urban redevelopment project in Ayrshire, a major social regeneration project by award-winning social landlord Cunninghame Housing Association (HA) that is now entering its fourth phase.

In 2006 North Ayrshire Council commissioned established, multi-award-winning architects Austin-Smith: Lord LLP, to undertake the preparation of a Regeneration Masterplan for a local community within the Vineburgh area of North Irvine.

The Masterplan outlined a number of proposals for the area, with the overall aim of regenerating the local community. The Masterplan set out a detailed regeneration programme involving the demolition of 308 properties and the construction of 306 new build houses to create an area in which people want to live.

Appointed by North Ayrshire Council as Lead Developer, Cunninghame HA, in partnership with authority has delivered the £37m housing led regeneration Masterplan through the redevelopment of the housing for rent and new supply shared equity.

As part of its bid for Vineburgh, Cunninghame HA also committed itself to securing maximum training and employment opportunities from the housing investment in the local area.

This Vineburgh project has been delivered over four phases, with 205 new rented houses provided over phases one to three. All the homes were designed by Glasgow-based MAST Architects who, with their expertise in housing projects, were selected as the Vineburgh Project Architects by a panel formed of representatives from North Ayrshire Council, Communities Scotland, Strathclyde Police and the Vineburgh community.

Phases one to three also provided 53 homes for sale on a new supply shared equity basis. The latest and final phase, phase four, will comprise 48 new build units. The Vineburgh Project, when complete, will have delivered almost 300 affordable new homes over a five year period.

Research carried out by Social Value Lab based on a Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis, shows the considerable impact that housing led physical regeneration can have on the health, confidence, pride and general wellbeing of tenants. It has revealed significant positive effects not just on the tenants of these new homes, but also on the wider community of Vineburgh and other local stakeholders.

The analysis shows that every pound invested in Vineburgh Phase 1 achieved a social return of £3.25. With an investment of almost £7.5m, the total social return of Phase 1 of the Vineburgh development is forecasted at £24.3m over 30 years.

The modern homes built comprise a range of different house types, and are unusual designs for the area, and are being built by Ashleigh (Scotland).

Russell Roof Tiles, which is this year celebrating 50 years at its Scottish factory in Lockerbie, worked closely with Cunninghame HA, the leading social enterprise in Ayrshire, and was chosen due to the outstanding quality of the product. After MAST Architects had seen all of the options that were needed for the specification, Russell Grampian was selected as the tile of choice.

Grampian tiles are a standard flat interlocking roof tile, combining the traditional yet stylish appearance of slate with the security of an interlocking design and the economy of concrete.

For this project Russell Roof Tiles (RRT) provided a full roofing solution which includes both tiles and fixings. RRT products, like many other leading manufacturers are designed and tested for use in combination with each other.

It is a condition of the Russ Spec guarantee for example that specification is followed in detailed in accordance the fixing specification and instructions. Products must be installed using normal standards of good workmanship. The substitution of RRT components with other products at any stage of construction invalidates this guarantee.

David Smith, Joint Managing Director at Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd., comments: “This was our first Russell Roof Tiles project and was extremely easy to run. They quickly identified the best solution for our needs and delivered a fantastic solution. They assured top-quality tiles at a controlled cost.”

Following the success of the third phase of the Vineburgh development, Russell Roof Tiles will be supplying the roofing materials for the fourth phase which fully comprise of housing for rent.

Andrew Hayward, Managing Director at Russell Roof Tiles comments: “The use of Grampian tiles shows a growing trend in the use of our slate-type products that have an economic concrete element.

“Concrete roof tiles are a long-life, durable product and require minimal maintenance once installed. The versatility of concrete allows for an authentic slate or clay effect roof tile with the benefits of offering greater strength. Concrete tiles allow for a straight forward quick installation especially interlocking tiles and thereafter require little or no maintenance as they are highly resistant to freeze thaw conditions.”

Over the four phases Russell Roof Tiles has delivered 250,000 tiles for the project. The new homes in Irvine also have a full Russell Roof System which includes a full dry fix solution: Russell Dry Ridge System, Russell Dry Verge System and RussFast Mono Ridge for the single pitch roofs.

Russell Roof Tiles’ dry fix products (Russell Dry Ridge, Russell Dry Verge, Russell Dry Valley And Russell Dry Hip systems) are all fully compliant with the new British Standard Code of practice for tiling and slating, BS 5534:2014, which was published in August in the face of these more frequent extreme weather events and is designed to make roofs more secure.

The key changes to BS 5534 will increase roofing integrity and safety in a climate where adverse weather requires a strategy in place to mitigate its catastrophic effects. BS 5534 will become mandatory practice from the end of February 2015.

RRT’s range of slate and clay effect roof tiles are sympathetic to local materials and are more economic and sustainable than traditional materials. Its dry fix products are all fully compliant with the new British Standard Code of practice for tiling and slating. Russell Roof Tiles is currently working with a number of housing associations across the UK on other innovative social and extra care projects.

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