Hillcrest reaches completion at Edinburgh development

A derelict former commercial site in Edinburgh has made way for a brand new Hillcrest development, injecting 59 affordable homes into the capital’s housing provision.

The new development, which is spread across three blocks of flats at Loaning Road, was completed this month and offers 48 homes for social rent, and 11 for mid-market rent under Hillcrest’s newly-launched company, Hillcrest Enterprises.

Hillcrest reaches completion at Edinburgh development

The flats have been developed with range of layouts, with one-, two- and three-bedroom properties available. The homes also come with the latest energy efficiency measures in order to help tenants keep their bills as low as possible.

Every flat has been fitted with an internal ventilation system with heat recovery, which greatly reduces heat loss from the building, and also helps create a healthier living environment for the occupants.

Situated on the site of a former day centre, the development sits between a neighbouring modern housing development and the iconic Craigentinny House, which was built in 1604.

The Loaning Road development has been designed to sit back from the road, so as not to overshadow Craigentinny House, allowing the historical building to retain its prominence on the street.

The new homes have also already won their first accolade, being granted a Secured by Design (SBD) Silver Award by Police Scotland.

Secured by Design is a national police initiative that encourages developers to create housing projects with a view to security, minimising opportunities for anti-social behaviour and crime.

To achieve the Silver Award, the landscape and layout of the development was created with crime prevention in mind, along with implementing physical security measures such as SBD approved doors, locks and windows.

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