The development of Bertha Park, a new village under construction to the west of Perth city centre, represents the biggest single expansion of the city in a generation.
Ground was broken in August 2017 on the 333-hectare site, located just off the Inveralmond Roundabout in Perth, which will see developer Springfield Properties deliver 3,000 homes, two schools, shops, restaurants, health services as well as leisure and community facilities.
The new village features a mix of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes, 750 of which will be affordable homes. It will ultimately provide 30 years of work for the housebuilder and local contractors sustaining hundreds of jobs in the area.
“Perth is a very attractive place to live and work. The city is one of the fastest growing places in Scotland, with a population expected to grow by more 12% by 2030,” said Perth and Kinross Council’s Enterprise and Infrastructure Committee Convener, Councillor John Kellas. “The Bertha Park development will ensure this expansion continues by not only providing everything a growing community needs, including good quality housing and schools, but also by creating business and leisure opportunities.
“The development will also improve the area’s infrastructure by providing new cycle paths and walking routes into the City of Perth, as well as a new network of roads.”
With construction work underway on the main drainage and services infrastructure for the first phase of more than 1,000 homes, Springfield Properties opened its sales office in late September, enabling prospective customers to reserve one of the new homes.
The developer also unveiled its new interactive Choices screens, which give prospective customers the opportunity to tailor their home, presenting a clear visualisation of how their final home will look.
The £1 billion village will provide everything a community needs to thrive. As part of its development commitments to the local area, Springfield Properties has signed an agreement detailing the allocation of more £28m of developer contributions associated with Bertha Park.
The award-winning developer has zoned 26 hectares of land for business use, a new primary and a secondary school, as well as the proposed Cross Tay Link Road (CTLR). £14m will be invested in the delivery of new primary school facilities for the local community, while a further £32m secondary school will provide capacity for 1,100 pupils, creating 200 jobs in the process when it opens ready for the 2019 academic year.
Springfield Properties is also investing £12.5m in the Cross Tay Link Road. Delivered under Phase 2 of the Perth Transport Futures Project, the CTLR will provide a new road linking the A9 to the A93 and A94 north Scone, delivering a third crossing over the River Tay in the process and helping to ease traffic volumes in Perth city centre.
Springfield Properties Chairman, Sandy Adam, said:
“This is a really exciting time for Springfield, house hunters and for Perth. Designing any development takes a lot of work from the builders and the respective councils. Bertha Park is a result of five years’ work with Perth and Kinross Council who have been supportive and encouraging throughout the planning stage.
“There has been a lot of excitement over the village – and the people of Perth are as excited as we are. Bertha Park will bring attractive village streets, squares, parks and residential neighbourhoods. It will make the most of the natural woodland, burn and lochside settings and enhance Bertha Park’s natural assets creating a distinctive and enduring place. There is going to be something for everyone. Our customers are buying into the vision of making Bertha Park a great place to live by including a wide range of individual homes and all the facilities a community needs to thrive.”
The sales office is now open Thursday – Monday, 10am – 5:30 pm.