CCG has started work on 111 new affordable homes as part of a major regeneration project in Craigmillar, Edinburgh.
The homes are being constructed as part of the Craigmillar Town Centre Masterplan on behalf of Dunedin Canmore, part of Wheatley Group, and will be available in a mix of social and mid-market rent.
To commemorate the start of construction works, The City of Edinburgh Council’s Housing Leader, Councillor Joan Griffiths, visited Sites 19 and 20, one of the biggest projects of its kind in the city, and she said: “This significant new development at Craigmillar town centre will provide much needed affordable housing in the east of Edinburgh, with homes for social and mid-market rent.
“This site is a brilliant example of how the Council and our housing association partners are delivering on the joint commitment to build 16,000 new affordable homes in Edinburgh over the next 10 years.
“The Council’s commitment alongside Dunedin Canmore won’t just deliver 111 homes – we expect it to generate benefits to the local community, improving the area and supporting jobs and local businesses.”
The one and two-bedroom flats and family houses will cater for a wide range of people with 53 for social rent and 58 for mid-market rent. Mid-market rent homes are increasingly popular among people on low to modest incomes who are struggling to buy a home or rent privately, but are unlikely to be given priority for social housing.
Dunedin Canmore Chair Tom Mitchell said: “We’re really excited to play our part in the regeneration of Craigmillar and to be bringing forward our first homes for mid-market rent in the area. The new houses and flats and the redevelopment of the surrounding area will make a significant difference to the community.”
The homes, due to be completed by summer 2018, are being constructed as part the the first phase of the Craigmillar Town Centre Masterplan, which is being led by the EDI Group, that will see the area transformed by more affordable homes and a new retail centre, along with a public square and neighbouring community play park, complemented by a new secondary school.
Kuan Loh, Senior Development Manager at The EDI Group Ltd, said: “The EDI Group is delighted to be playing a leading role in Craigmillar’s regeneration with these new homes. They are vital to the continued redevelopment of Craigmillar and our overall masterplan which is focused around putting quality housing in a welcoming and sustainable environment.
“We are also pleased to be contributing to a new community play park adjoining this development, ensuring that public amenities remain at the heart of this on-going regeneration.”
CCG Director, Calum Murray, said: “We have been operational in the area of Craigmillar for over three years now where we have successfully delivered ‘The Schoolhouse’, a mixed tenure residential development on the site of the former Niddrie Mill Primary School, and the stunning Thistle Foundation Centre for Health and Wellbeing. The 111 homes that we are constructing will go a long way in providing quality, affordable housing for the area as well as adding to the city’s affordable housing supply.
“The development will be constructed using an Enhanced Closed Panel Timber Frame System which is manufactured in our bespoke ‘Off-Site Manufacturing’ facility, CCG OSM, which ensures quality, a faster speed of build and has excellent environmental properties
“We are excited to continue our work with our partners EDI Group and another member of the Wheatley Group family, Dunedin Canmore, in what is a hugely important project for the community of Craigmillar and the city of Edinburgh.”
CCG expect that from delivery of the timber system in April, the entire development will be fully erected wind and water tight by the end of August.