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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 with the district of Granton/ Fourth Quarter being a key element of this programme. Over 3,000 mixed-tenure homes are set to be created as part of the Granton Waterfront Development Framework¬†with Western Villages being the largest of its kind in the area since its launch in February 2020. The framework sets out a vision for a more sustainable way of living, aligning with the council’s ambitious objective of becoming ‘net zero’ by 2030, with a focus on having enhanced energy performance for all new homes, the greater adoption of low carbon transport and active travel as well as promoting wider community integration.

Occupying a scenic position along the Granton Waterfront with views towards the Firth of Forth, the 3.2ha Western Villages site has been developed in partnership with Cooper Cromar and comprises 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 and 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 private sale.

The Council has opted to use a ‘net zero’ energy strategy that has been developed using the principles of the newly-launched CCG Net Zero Home build standard¬† – created in partnership with Carbon Futures – which utilises a bespoke mix of enhanced fabric performance and gas-free energy solutions tailored to the authority’s preferred 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 to improve airtightness and reduce heat loss;
  • Renewables – Solar PV systems, installed to the roof of each housing block, are connected to a communal/ landlord supply;
  • Heating – a gas-free solution comprising the use of a communal ASHP (Air Source Heat Pump) system. Ambient air is captured and compressed into water that is then distributed to each dwelling via a sophisticated piping network; this connects to a Heat Interface Unit (HIU) and eventually conventional distribution to deliver space heating and hot water services
  • Ventilation – Decentralised Mechanical Extract Ventilation (dMEV) offers continuous airflow throughout each dwelling

The combination of these enhancements will ensure that operational net zero energy performance is achieved with carbon emissions (arising from heating, cooling, lighting, pumps and fans) are reduced to less than or equal to zero.

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

CCG is currently on-site at Western Villages undertaking enabling works in advance of formal construction works commencing in June 2022.

The City of Edinburgh Council

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