Dunedin Canmore marks start of work on 70 affordable homes for rent in Edinburgh
Dunedin Canmore, part of Wheatley Group, is behind the latest development at Craigmillar in the south east of the city.
The new £8.5 million development at Greendykes will be made up of 39 homes for social rent and 31 for mid-market rent. The mid-market homes will be let and managed by Dunedin Canmore’s partners in Wheatley, Lowther Homes.
It follows Dunedin Canmore’s earlier phase of work which began in March 2017 and will see 111 new homes built in nearby Craigmillar town centre.
Councillor Kate Campbell, housing and economy convener, the City of Edinburgh Council, and vice convener, Councillor Lezley Marion Cameron, were joined by staff from Dunedin Canmore and Wheatley Group, and the contractor Persimmon Homes as well as Dunedin Canmore Modern Apprentice, Lewis Munro, to mark the start of the latest development.
Dunedin Canmore managing director, Hazel Young, said: “I’m excited to see these new homes take shape and I can’t wait for people move in and build their lives here. It’s more than bricks and mortar. These new flats and houses will provide modern, cosy and energy efficient homes for the people of Edinburgh.
“We’re delighted to play our part in the regeneration of Craigmillar.”
The development is being part funded by a £3.4m grant from the City of Edinburgh Council’s Affordable Housing Programme. The homes, a mix of flats and family houses, should be ready by winter 2020.
The project is part of the wider council-led regeneration of Craigmillar. Over £110m of investment has seen the completion of 324 homes in Craigmillar/ Greendykes area over last three years, a further 422 homes are currently under construction and 194 homes are due to start on site in the Spring.
Councillor Campbell said: “Craigmillar lies at the heart of our ambitious plans to bring prosperity to every community in the city. These homes are another fantastic example of the collaboration between the Council and Dunedin Canmore that is improving Craigmillar. It is also a significant support to help us to build 20,000 affordable homes in the city.”
Tenants moving into the completed homes will be well served by public transport and local amenities with regular buses to the city centre just four miles away. There are also plans for community and amenity parks and a major new public parkland.