Work starts on latest affordable homes site in Edinburgh

Development and regeneration specialist Places for People has chosen affordable housing expert Lovell to deliver 93 new homes at West Gait in Edinburgh with a £7.7 million design and build contract.

The mixed-tenure site, in the north of the city, is being developed by Places for People. The new housing will complement a previous development by Castle Rock Edinvar neighbouring the new scheme.

Lovell was awarded the project after bidding competitively as one of Places for People's framework contractors. Construction work is starting on site this month (July) with the development set to be completed in October 2013.

The new housing - a mix of 93 houses and flats - will feature 48 homes for affordable ownership, 15 homes for social rent and 30 mid market rent homes. The affordable ownership units are a mixture of both shared equity and shared ownership, to provide as many options as possible for people to move in. Mid market rent properties enable those in employment who could not otherwise afford main market rents to access good quality new affordable homes.

The energy-efficient new homes will incorporate high levels of insulation to the external wall fabric and will also include a heat recovery ventilation system. This ventilation system exchanges air extracted from the kitchen and bathrooms for fresh air - achieving good air quality - with heat being recovered in the process.

Councillor Cammy Day, Housing Leader for the City of Edinburgh Council , said: " North Edinburgh's undergoing a transformation thanks to the effective partnerships that exist between the local community, the council and housing associations such as Castle Rock Edinvar. We are committed to the development of good quality affordable housing, making sure that the city's people are well housed.  The development of this site will deliver 93 homes for rent and ownership which completes an important part of the regeneration of this part of the city."

Alister Steele, managing director of Castle Rock Edinvar, the Scottish Registered Social Landlord within the Places for People Group, said: "This development is bringing much needed new affordable homes for Edinburgh, and we are providing a range of tenures which increases the number of options available for people. We will also maintain a long-term interest managing the development once complete. The properties will be sustainable to keep fuel costs down and high standards will ensure residents have new homes to be proud of." 

The scheme will also create new local jobs: Lovell will take on six school or college leavers to work on the project and two apprentices.

Lovell regional director Alan Taylor said: "We're delighted to have been chosen by Places for People to deliver this much-needed new affordable housing development for West Gait. We are committed to delivering a wide-ranging legacy of benefits in the communities where we work and the scheme, as well as delivering high-quality, energy-efficient new homes, will also create important job and training places for local young people."

Lovell is also currently working with Places for People Developments at Craigs Road , Edinburgh , where the company is building a £3.85 million development of 42 apartments.

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