New build development update
Our new build housing programme is supported by Stirling Council and Scottish Government. We will receive housing subsidy over the next two financial years for the following projects, which are identified in years 1 & 2 of the current Strategic Housing Investment Programme (SHIP). We also have several development opportunities identified in years 3 – 5 of the current SHIP
· We are building 23 new homes for social rent at Statione Road, Callander. These comprise 1 and 2 bedroom flats. The new homes will be ready for occupation at the end of January 2018.
To register an interest in housing at any of the above locations contact the office and ask for a housing application pack or see the Apply for a House page for more details.
Planned investment in our existing homes
With over 500 homes in management we need to carefully plan ahead for the long term maintenance of the properties.
An estimate is put on the remaining life of each of the main building components within a property, eg., kitchens, doors and windows. An assessment is also made of what replacing these will cost. This allows us to plan for the delivery of programmes of work and to ensure that we will have the money available at the time to pay for it. This process is called Life Cycle Costing (LCC). Our LCC projections are regularly updated by carrying out inspections of the condition of components and then amending where necessary the expected renewal date. This involves an input from external building surveyors as well as the in-house knowledge of the stock.
Listed below are the average life expectancy assumptions.
|Component||Life in years|
|Gas radiators and pipework||30|
|Door entry system||15|
|Gutters and downpipes||30-40|
Although each component has a life in years shown this is not set in stone and there are factors that can either shorten or lengthen the expected year of replacement. This may be down to the actual condition of the component. It may also be down to the actual condition of the component. It may also be that we wish to package up a replacement contract eg., kitchens which are due to be replaced in different developments a year or two apart could be done at the same time to make the contract more economical.
As well as planned replacements of components ("major repairs") we also regularly maintain some components on a "cyclical" basis. This work includes external decoration to each development on a five or six year cycle and servicing of some heating systems on an annual basis.
Joint Procurement of Maintenance and Major Repairs Contracts
Rural Stirling is part of the Strathfor Housing Alliance. This is a group of local Housing Associations formed in 2010 and includes Ochilview HA and Forth HA. We jointly work together over a number of housing related subjects, one of which is the procurement of Maintenance and Major Repairs contracts.
Main Objectives and Benefits of Joint Procurement with Strathfor
By combining forces we hope to keep our expenditure down by attracting competitive costs for contracts and consultants due to the combined larger value works.
We can share the workload of preparing major contracts where each Association takes a turn to lead on procuring works. This also helps to reduce cost by not duplicating the procurement process and so saving on staff time.
By working together we can share our expertise and experience in different fields.
Since 2011 Rural Stirling has been involved in a number of projects with Strathfor:
Gas Maintenance and Service Contract
We tendered this three year contract along with Forth Housing Association in 2015 for the maintenance and servicing of all our properties with gas heating.
Cyclical Decoration Contract
We jointly procured this with both our Strathfor partners for one year in 2012 and following the success of this we agreed to do the same again in 2013 although for a three year contract until the end of 2015.