Craigmillar 19 and 20 has been constructed on a brownfield site in the town of Craigmillar, Edinburgh, consisting of 111 mixed-tenure homes. The development was delivered by CCG on behalf of Dunedin Canmore Housing Association, part of Wheatley Group, forming the first phase of housing in the Craigmillar Town Centre Masterplan.
The 19 & 20 site is located on the north side of Niddrie Mains Road with Wauchope Terrace and the Richmond Craigmillar Church to the East and another housing development site to the North. This site, 12-15, is also being delivered by CCG on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council comprising of 194 affordable homes that are set to be complete in 2020.
The housing mix consists of 56 one-and-two-bedroom flats and 55 two-and- three-bedroom semi-detached and terraced houses with a built form that offers prominent massing and solid frontage along Niddrie Mains Road and a masterplan layout which utilises the principles of Designing Streets to promote community integration with a network of footpaths and cycle routes.
The orientation, location and massing of the housing is also considered to help promote community integration by having an open, neighbourhood feel that is mindful of amenity and liveability. The materiality and density also compliment the adjacent housing developments as well as the future integration of a community park, an additional element of the overall Craigmillar Town Centre Masterplan.
The flatted block is made up of two distinct features with a typical straight block of four storey flats met with 2 “L” blocks at either end. All flats are configured to maximise space with flexible layouts including open-plan kitchen/ living areas and 2.85m floor to ceiling height creating the impression of additional space and light. The terraced house types accommodate for different family requirements offering spacious layouts as well as ample storage facilities. French doors facing into a rear garden also maximise light from the southerly aspect.
A simple material palette of pale cream facing brick has been used across the development with a complimentary dark grey used for the infill of the terraces and the stair core of the flatted block offering a contemporary aesthetic.
CCG utilised the ‘iQ’ panelised timber frame system for the build ensuring enhanced levels of quality and sustainability standards. Also, with Craigmillar being one of the main arterial routes into Edinburgh City Centre, the level of traffic can be heavily congested at peak hours. With the use of the ‘iQ’ system, where components such as windows, doors, insulation, internal wall linings and service zones are pre-installed, this reduces the amount of vehicular traffic. Furthermore, the system is erected at speed with the entire development achieving wind and watertight status in a net period of just 16 weeks, therefore, minimising the impact of works on the surrounding community.
As a direct result of the contract, CCG was able to provide a series of community benefit initiatives including 3 full-time jobs, 4 trade apprenticeships and 2 work placements. The local community was also supported with the construction of a brand new, £47,500 car park for residents living in Niddrie Mill, and charitable donations to Grass Roots Clothing, the Craigmillar Literacy Trust, the Castlebrae Memorial Garden. CCG also donated wood to the Richmond Hope Mile of Memories project.
Dunedin Canmore/ Wheatley Group