Edinburgh completes first new affordable homes since lockdown
The City of Edinburgh Council and its contractor CCG (Scotland) Ltd have completed the first new affordable homes in Edinburgh since lockdown.
The first new neighbours moving into Harewood Road have been visited by the council’s housing, homelessness and fair work convener Kate Campbell and depute convener Mandy Watt, who officially handed over the keys to the completed properties.
The new homes form part of a multi-million-pound transformation of Craigmillar Town Centre.
Contributing towards Edinburgh’s goal of building 20,000 affordable new homes and becoming a net carbon zero city by 2030, the highly energy-efficient development at Craigmillar features 194 homes with an innovative Sustainable Urban Drainage System for surface water collection and extensive communal green space.
The homes also benefit from a network of footpaths and cycle connections to Craigmillar Park. These properties will also test a number of elements of the “gold” building standard to help inform the Council’s approach to net zero carbon developments.
Designed by architects Anderson Bell + Christie and constructed by CCG, the site combines 61 homes for social rent and 133 for mid-market rent.
Councillor Kate Campbell said: “It’s fantastic to meet with the new residents and see what a difference these bright and modern homes are going to make to their lives.
“Making sure everyone has access to a safe, warm and affordable place to live has long been our priority and it’s going to be as important as ever to progress our plans to build 20,000 new homes as we move on from the pandemic. So being able to get construction underway, see these homes complete in Craigmillar and move new tenants in is a big milestone.
“We’re also committed to pushing forward with a green recovery for the city and these homes, with their focus on low carbon and energy efficiency, are a perfect example of how we deliver a project which is great for residents and good for the local environment too.”
Councillor Mandy Watt, depute housing, homelessness and fair work convener, added: “Not only are these new homes a brilliant addition to our supply of affordable housing in Edinburgh, they’re part of a major project we’ve been leading on which invests in the whole Craigmillar community.
“The regeneration has helped to create new shared spaces for people to enjoy and has brought about opportunities for jobs and training. It’s a real transformation of the town centre which will benefit generations of Craigmillar residents and benefit our environment too, thanks to the use of really energy-efficient materials and design and the creation of new green spaces.
“It’s a real joy to finally see families moving in and settling in to their new homes.”
As a direct result of their contract to redevelop Craigmillar Town Centre, CCG has provided a series of community benefit initiatives including three full-time jobs, four trade apprenticeships and two work placements.
The local community has also benefited from donations to Grass Roots Clothing, the Craigmillar Literacy Trust, the Castlebrae Memorial Garden and the Richmond Hope Mile of Memories project.
Calum Murray, director of CCG, said: “The importance of the home and our environment to health and wellbeing has never been more apparent than now and construction re-engagement has enabled the team at CCG to deliver a new place, providing essential housing completions just when they are most required.
“Huge credit is due to our construction team, the council and not least to the local community for their support in a process that over the last five years has seen CCG deliver more than 580 homes in Craigmilllar.”
The £24.6 million investment at Craigmillar town centre is funded by the council with £3.2m in grant funding from the Scottish Government. The council has nearly 800 affordable homes under construction across the city with nearly 3,500 new homes in design development.