DOZENS of tenants will have a brand new place to live thanks to the City of Edinburgh Council and CCG as part of a multimillion-pound transformation of Craigmillar Town Centre.
The first new neighbours moving into Harewood Road were visited (Wednesday 5 August) 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 [pictured].
Edinburgh has one of the most ambitious house-building plans of any local authority in the UK and these are the first Council-led homes to complete now that the City’s construction industry is back up and running and households can safely move.
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 at the heart of the redevelopment. The homes also benefit from a network of footpaths and cycle connections to Craigmillar Park.
A range of ‘pilot’ properties have also been constructed to the ‘Gold’ Scottish Building Standard of accreditation to help inform the Council for future development.
Designed by Anderson Bell Christie, the site features 61 homes for social rent and 133 for mid-market rent constructed entirely using CCG’s iQ’ Timber System to ensure quality, thermal performance and enhanced speed of delivery.
Councillor Kate Campbell, Edinburgh’s Housing, Homelessness and Fair Convenor, said: “It’s fantastic to meet with the new neighbours 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 Convenor, 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 see families moving into 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 benefitted 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 & wellbeing has never been more apparent than now and construction reengagement 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 5 years, has seen CCG deliver more than 580 homes in Craigmillar.”
William and Adele Halliday plus their children have moved into a three-bedroom home. William said: “We have a 10-year-old, a one-year-old and another on the way so the move is perfect timing for us as a family. We had been living nearby in a flat on the 10th floor of a high rise – now we have our own home and the kids have a garden to play in. It’s very spacious and modern. We’re delighted with it and enjoying settling in. Getting to my work is easy too with the public transport connections here in Craigmillar.”
Valerie McMillan couldn’t be happier with her adapted one-bedroom home. Valerie said: “I love my new home, I’m here to stay. I feel so much more comfortable here and the house is really bright and sunny. I haven’t had to put the heating on once and it’s very warm. When I was 18 I lived on this street in my first home, now I’m 52 and I’ve come full circle. I’m home again. You notice a big difference in how the streets and the shops look. It’s all change and a really nice area with a tight community – everyone I’ve met says hello and is very friendly. Harewood Road is going to be beautiful once it’s finished.”
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