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Forming a major part of one of Scotland’s largest regeneration projects, Western Villages is set to become the country’s largest net zero housing development.

The City of Edinburgh Council has set an ambitious target to deliver 15,000 new homes within the decade and a key part of this programme will be to align with their wider ambitions to become a net zero local authority by 2030.

In February 2020, the Council approved a Development Framework which sets out the vision and key principles that will serve as guidance for all those who wish to develop within the Granton Waterfront Regeneration Area with lacemaking is at the heart and the championing of low carbon transport, active travel and sustainable development,

Western Villages sits in the west of the Granton Waterfront with views towards the Firth of Forth. Proposals for the 3.2ha site have been developed in partnership with Cooper Cromar and comprise 444 flats in a mix of one, two and three bedrooms. The masterplan approach seeks to integrate with existing residential development to the south and maximise views of the sea to the north with a series of five blocks reaching 6 storeys that are positioned around a series of inter-connected courtyards, ample amenity and green space as well as various pedestrian and cycle routes.

The properties will be available in a mix of affordable, mid-market and market rent as well as outright sale.

The Council have opted to use a net zero strategy that has been developed in partnership by CCG and Carbon Futures for the development; utilising the CCG Net Zero Home build standard adopted to the authority’s design and space standards:

  • Building Fabric – all dwellings will be constructed using the CCG iQ Timber System and integrated with triple-glazed windows and enhanced door sets
  • Renewables – Solar PV connected to a communal/ landlord supply
  • Heating – gas-free solution comprising the use of a communal ASHP (Air Source Heat Pump) system with water distributed via a piping network that then interfaces with individual dwellings
  • Ventilation – Decentralised Mechanical Extract Ventilation (dMEV)

The space heating and energy strategy for the development has been designed by CCG Group member Arc-Tech (Scotland) and Hawthorne Boyle. More information can be found HERE.

Western Villages was submitted for planning approval in February 2021. A formal construction site start is expected in early-2022.

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