Phase 2 underway at St Andrews West development in Fife

Artists impression of St Andrews West

PHASE 2 of the St Andrews West development in Fife commenced this week, with plans on track to deliver hundreds of sustainable new homes, around a third of which will be affordable homes, in addition to hotel, leisure, retail, and healthcare offerings aimed at making St Andrews West a destination in its own right. 

Phase 2 consists of 16 houses, 8 fishers flats, and 38 apartments, designed by architects Studio LBA, with a focus on complementing the surrounding landscape.   Key to the design has been an understanding of the sensitivities of placing a new contemporary development on the outskirts of such an historic town. 

Phase 1, launched in Autumn 2022, consists of 34 houses, 27 fisher person’s apartments, and 35 flats, with over 80 per cent of homes sold.

The concept for St Andrews West was first mooted as early as 2000, with a formal agreement in place by 2002, and the planning application was subsequently approved by Fife Council in 2019.   

The overall vision for St Andrews West, located immediately west of the town and within only a few minutes walking distance, has been described by the development team as:

“A long term commitment to the town and community, and the desire to deliver an exemplar for new urban development.”

“Creating a place where the new residents, university, school, businesses, and wider community can thrive.” 

“Sustainability, placemaking, high quality 21st century architecture, travel connections, public open space, and local amenities are key components of the vision.” 

Rettie & Co is adviser to the developers – Headon Developments and S1 Developments (via the Headon S1 St Andrews West partnership) – and the firm is sole agent.  

Sarah Curtis, Rettie & Co’s Head of New Homes, said: “While St Andrews West alleviates the housing pressure in the local market, the collective ambition is for far more, essentially to create a new community which enhances St Andrews’s overall offering as a place to live and work, while being best-of-class in terms of the standard and sustainability of the homes themselves.” 

Jane Wood, CEO of Homes for Scotland, said: “It was great to be at St Andrews West last week to see the first new homes ready for residents.  We saw firsthand how St Andrews West aims to be a shining example of urban development with a long-term commitment to the town and community.  And through the planned mixed-use development, it is not just bringing new homes to the area, but also retail, education, and business.”

Jane Wood added: “Sustainability is at its core, with a commitment to quality public green spaces, cycling and walking pathways, and supporting biodiversity.  With the Madras College school also on site, the expansion of the town will create a new sustainable community focused on providing an incredible place to live.” 

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