The City of Edinburgh Council wanted to provide an exemplar piece of design to slot into the Greendykes North Masterplan, which sought to densify an area that historically has been characterised by poor quality post-war housing and low standards of living.
This phase delivers a diverse mix to suit a wide demographic and includes 13 houses, 6 maisonettes and 54, 1 and 2-bedroom flats. Every property is designed to Housing for Varying Needs standards and achieves Silver Active Level as stipulated in the Building Regulations.
To maximise the floor plan of the flats and houses, an open plan living space was incorporated into the layouts. The top floors of all properties benefit from an enhanced floor to ceiling height creating light and generous internal spaces as well as offering views to Holyrood Park and the Pentland Hills.
In response to the Council’s Sustainability Action Plan, which aimed to reduce carbon emissions in all new build homes constructed within the constituency by up to 35% until this year, Greendykes Phase G is highly energy-efficient thanks to the use of CCG’s ‘iQ’ Timber System – delivering enhanced levels of airtightness and, thus, reducing energy reliance, and a district heating network. This network allows for aggregate energy use for the development which is powered by an on-site CHP unit that could also support the energy infrastructure for further new build developments in the area should it be required. A typical mid-terraced house achieves a 97 (A) EPC rating with costs from £327 p/a.
CCG undertook a series of community benefit initiatives as a result of the Greendykes Phase G project including the provision of 3 full-time jobs, 3 trade apprenticeships and 7 work placements all of which were created for people living within 7 miles of the development site.
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