Work starts on affordable energy efficient homes in North East Edinburgh
Work is under way to build new affordable homes at council-led developments in Bingham and Parkview in North East Edinburgh.
Set to be complete as early as autumn 2021, both new sites promise to provide modern and energy efficient homes for social rent as part of the City of Edinburgh Council’s ambitious 20,000 affordable homes target. In addition to delivering new homes, construction firm CCG (Scotland) Ltd will provide apprenticeships, engage with local schools and colleges and provide community investment funds in Bingham and Parkview.
Construction is now under way in Bingham along Duddingston Row at the former home of Lismore Primary School. Work will also start at Parkview next month at Peffermill Road, the former site of the Parkview Care Home, bringing a derelict brownfield site back to life.
The homes will benefit from improved energy efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint, saving residents on fuel bills, and will have access to high quality green space. Included in the design is a mix of one, two and three-bed flats, colonies and houses, with 70 homes across the two sites (40 in Bingham, 30 in Parkview).
Councillor Kate Campbell, Edinburgh’s housing, homelessness and fair work convener, said: “Every new social home counts because housing need is exceptional in Edinburgh – there’s nothing better than seeing council houses being built and knowing that it won’t be long until they become people’s homes. With so many families in need of a new home, and construction so important to our economic recovery from COVID-19, the homes and jobs being delivered by our ambitious house-building programme will make a real difference to people’s lives.
“But we have to keep delivering more. We have 3,500 new homes in design development right now, with 800 homes already under construction across the city. Soon, we’ll be setting out our investment plans for the next 10 years, to make sure that we continue to provide much needed homes, create jobs and support local communities with tangible benefits like apprenticeships, community hubs, parks and improved public spaces.”
Councillor Mandy Watt, Edinburgh’s vice housing and economy convener, added: “Everyone has the right to a safe, warm home. That’s why our strategy for the future is about investing more in our communities, upgrading our social housing and building thousands of new affordable homes in Edinburgh.
“And it’s not just about bricks and mortar – we’re seeing other benefits and improvements that we can bring to local areas. These developments in Bingham and Parkview will benefit lots of people in many different ways. They’ll help to regenerate the area and provide better public realm, better greenspace and funding for neighbourhood projects. They’ll benefit the long-term future of our environment too, thanks to their low carbon footprint and focus on energy efficiency.”
CCG has delivered a number of award-winning new homes for the council at Leith Fort and in Greendykes and is also progressing a major development of affordable housing in Craigmillar, which received its first new tenants this summer.
CCG managing director, David Wylie, said: “CCG’s commitment to providing quality, energy efficient homes is a philosophy shared by the City of Edinburgh Council. Our partnership has continued to deliver a lasting legacy across the region by not only supporting the supply of new affordable homes but also creating jobs, apprenticeships and localised investment.
“The commencement of Bingham and Parkview is another important milestone for us both and we look forward to working with the Council as we head into 2021 and beyond.”
The £9.5m investment will be funded by the Council with £4.1m in grant funding from the Scottish Government.