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We do more than build high quality homes across multiple tenures in Scotland. From our employees and sub-contractors to our suppliers to our customers and those in the wider communities in which we are building – looking after people is a key part of our ethos within the Springfield Group.

Kids with public art

Looking after our employees

As a major employer across Scotland, we are proud to create a culture where everyone can thrive. We published our first Equality Diversity and Inclusion Policy in 2022. In addition to undertaking ongoing reviews, a formal review of our EDI policy will take place every three years. We recruit based on the best person for the job, have an excellent Gender Pay Gap performance and are members of a number of charities who offer our staff, sub-contractors and their families a wide range of support.

Investment in skills

Our extensive expertise in the sector gives us a responsibility to support the next generation to develop skills and forge their career paths. To achieve this aim, we dedicate significant resource to upskilling our staff to ensure they have the knowledge, skills and expertise to successfully progress.

Apprenticeships are an integral part of our company’s ethos and something that will continue to play a vital role in our success. Welcoming our first apprentices in 2002, we have always sought to create a workplace where everyone can thrive. We’ve maintained this ethos as we’ve grown in size from less than 50 employees 20 years ago to over 650 today and our commitment to apprenticeships and other formal training has been consistent and exemplary. 

Tulloch Apprentices outside Stoneyfield House, Inverness

Over the years, we have supported hundreds of people to achieve their qualifications and we operate one of the largest apprenticeship programmes in Scotland. An aspirational benchmark set for the housebuilding industry involves having 7% of the workforce as trainees, including graduates and apprentices. We far exceed this standard in our committments to training and in May 2023 we had 16% of our employees in formal training.

Andrew Carr is a first-year apprentice bricklayer has been doing especially well during his studies and on site. He was selected to take part in the CITB SkillBuild competition in 2023 and has been an advocate of apprenticeships, going above and beyond by speaking at his former high school to highlight the benefits an apprenticeship can offer. You can hear Andrew's story here:

hear Andrew’s story here.

Whilst apprenticeships are fantastic for the individual, they are also great for the business too. Across The Springfield Group, through our work with apprenticeships, we’ve secured local supply of labour, something that can often be a challenge in more remote locations, while creating staff loyalty and good staff retention.


With suicide rates within the construction industry above the national average, we are keen to change the perception of mental health within the business and get people talking about mental wellbeing, a notion very much supported by our Board.

David and crew

Many of our employees across the Group have carried out some form of Mental Health training, from Mental Health awareness courses to Mental Health First Aid training and suicide prevention. Contact information for staff who are qualified is readily available and published on the staff on our intranet, inSite, for those who may need support.

In addition, we entered into a partnership with The Lighthouse Club – a mental health support charity exclusively for those within the construction sector and their families. The partnership, focusing specifically on the ‘Help Inside the Hard Hat’ campaign, provides resources to display across construction sites with contact information for the construction industry helpline to help normalise speaking about mental wellbeing.

The Lighthouse Club Logo

Our initiatives in mental health and wellbeing are offered to sub-contractors working on our construction sites, as well as our direct employees and we have written out to contractors to ensure they are aware of this benefit. 

All of our employees have access to an assistance scheme which provides independent and confidential support on a wide variety of issues, helping employees to work towards realistic, achievable solutions.

It is widely documented that leading an active lifestyle has many physical and mental health benefits and we are pleased to also support our employees with free gym memberships, private health care and comprehensive occupational health service as part of our wider commitment to the wellbeing of our people.

Customer Satisfaction

The customer is at the heart of everything we do. We pride ourselves in the care we offer to our customers through the home buying journey and long after they have moved in. 

We monitor customer satisfaction through regular surveys, carried out independently by a specialist company ‘In-House’ to ensure the accuracy and validity of our results. In 2023, we achieved an overall customer satisfaction rating of over 94%.

Customer Rating

In addition to the rating the feedback our customers provide, we also carefully consider the qualitative feedback that they offer us through the surveys and consider what improvements we could make to our operations in response. Examples have included the provision of instruction videos for the use of air source heating systems (please view example here) and also an online platform for customers to access information about their home as and when they require it to cut-down on email communications. 

In fact, these videos are one of the ways we go further for our customers and help them to live sustainably in their home. To ensure our customers were benefitting from the cost and environmental benefits of air source, we created an online guide for them to refer to as much as required. 

We also provided training materials to our sales consultants outlining the environmental benefits of our new build homes, and an accompanying resource for customers, an example of which can be viewed here.

Community Engagement

We know it takes more than houses to create a home. Alongside creating quality, energy efficient homes and looking after our people, we are committed to doing all we can to create sustainable communities for families to enjoy for years to come.

3. Community Bertha Park pop up picnic

Springfield, quite uniquely, has a dedicated Community Engagement Co-ordinator whose primary focus is to ensure our residents, regardless of tenure, feel part of their neighbourhood, and tackling matters that fall out with the realm of After Sales. She also works with wider communities in areas where we are building and engage with locals in areas we have active planning applications.

In our more highly engaged communities, we have community mailing lists where people who live in our development and the wider local area can sign up for regular updates. These cover the progress of the development, roadworks, community events and more.

Springfield VillagesSanta visits

Our Village developments offer an excellent example of how our approach to delivery goes far beyond the houses we are building. We currently have two active Village developments in Dundee and Perth and we work closely with the community to promote community spirit through seasonal events such as Community Christmas trees, with Santa visits to Summer fetes with ice cream and to address community needs. For example, in response to a request from a local resident, in February 2023 we supported the inaugrual Bertha Park Trail Run. More than 100 running enthusiasts from across Perth turned out for the event. With a 5k and 10k option available, each run took in the local scenery including the Bertha Park Loch. The event was a great success and is set to be repeated annually. 

Dykes of Gray tree planting

In November 2022, at our Dykes of Gray village in Dundee, the local residents requested our help in organising a community tree planting event. They reached out asking us to identify an area of land that could be used for the planting, which we happily provided. We also supported the event by hiring a local catering van and gifting wooden medals for participants to commemorate the event. It was a great success with around 50 people in attendance and 420 trees planted. Feedback from the community was extremely positive with the residents confirming their appetite to do this again.

Also at Dykes of Gray, in May 2023 at the request of the local community group, we gifted a hardwood bus shelter with a distinct look in keeping with the country feel of the development. It was donated to encourage use of the newly launched local bus service to promote sustainable travel.

Dykes of Gray bus stop

Learn more about our engagement with the village communities, in this short video: 

Work with schools

Hedgehog HighwaysCommunity engagement has underpinned the success of our business for generations, and we have a number of initiatives in place to create opportunities in the places where we develop. It is also a central component of our early year careers strategy, and allows us to engage with young people at an early stage, and open their eyes to the opportunities available within the industry.

Some recent examples of our works with schools include class talks, a litter picking campaign, and a competition to design hedgehog highways.

MacMic Litter Pick

Affordable housing

Founded on the principle that everyone in Scotland deserves a good home, Springfield is proud to deliver housing across tenures.  Springfield Partnerships was established in 2002 and has delivered over 3,700 homes. In financial year 2022/23, 25% of homes delivered by Springfield were affordable built for Housing Association and Local Authority Partners. 72% of the affordable homes delivered that year were for Social Rent, 27% for Mid Market Rent and 1% for Shared Equity. Further information on Springfield Partnerships can be found here.


Expanding on the work we already do with community engagement, we have introduced our own good practice standards for community engagement within the planning and design process, going beyond the minimum requirements. For planning applications that are classed as ‘major’, which usually involve the delivery of over 50 homes, as well as hosting two public consultation events to increase accessibility and encourage more people to engage we will host an on-line Q&A session and offer our engagement through the local primary school. This ensures the local community feels more engaged with the opportunity to help shape the new development.

On top of this, in areas where there is already an active community group or council, we are on hand to field any enquiries they may have and provide regular updates about the progress of our development to ensure transparency. For residents living in Drumnadrochit for example, we have a dedicated community engagement mailing list they are welcome to join and we issue monthly updates about the progress of our development.

Conor 2 AM

Supporting the wider community 

Across the Springfield Group we’re keen to support local groups, charities and organisations in communities where we are working. We believe that donations to small, local charities proportionally make a bigger difference than those given to a large, national charity. We also believe that smaller local charities or groups benefit from powerful local reach, giving them a strong understanding of a community’s needs.


That’s why we look to support smaller causes with a focus on mental wellbeing, young people, the elderly or those who are disadvantaged in some way. In the last financial year alone, we supported nearly 100 charities, groups and organisations across Scotland. 

Health and Safety

The Springfield Group is committed to ensuring that all aspects of Health and Safety is a priority across its operations. We promote a positive culture to ensure safe working at Springfield for all employees, sub-contractors and visitors within our sites, our sales centres, our kit factories and within each of our offices.

Springfield has a comprehensive health & safety management system across all parts of the Group and is supported by an independent SHEQ team, headed up by our Group SHEQ Director. We are currently working towards ISO 45001 certification as detailed in our published Environment & People strategy. We have a site inspection strategy that includes visits from our Group SHEQ Director. We have an established training matrix by role which we deliver across the Group.

We closely monitor and report on Health & Safety performance to our Board and to regulatory bodies where required. The Annual Injury Incidence Rate (AIIR) is used to benchmark performance within the UK housebuilding industry. It is calculated by the number of incidents divided by the average number of people in employment in the 12-month reference period. In the financial year 2022/23 we calculate that we had an AIIR rate of 763. Our AIIR had increased on the previous years result because it now incorporates statistics from both MacTaggart and Mickel and Tulloch Homes. As a result of the slowdown in the market, our production is also down meaning we have less people on our live sites.