Celebration to mark opening of 15 new homes and church centre

A celebration has been held to mark the opening on 15 new affordable homes and a church centre in Granton by Port of Leith Housing Association (PoLHA).

The Association bought the Granton United Church site in 2010 and was committed to providing a centre for a local congregation as part of its building plans.

The development, built with £1m funding from the City of Edinburgh Council, has been shortlisted for a Scottish Home Award for Community Partnership of the Year.

There are two one-bedroom, 10 two-bedroom and three three-bedroom flats. More than two-thirds of the properties feature solar thermal heating provided by panels located on the roof.

The church has around 35 members.

An opening ceremony was held at the Granton United Church last week and was attended by around 30 people including PoLHA representatives, contractors and tenants, as well as local MSP Malcolm Chisolm.

Cathy King, Head of Housing and Regeneration at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "This development is a great example of the council and Port of Leith Housing Association working in partnership with the local community to deliver much-needed affordable homes. The existing building has now been transformed into 15 energy efficient flats and a purpose-built church hall which everyone will be able to benefit from." 

Keith Anderson, Chief Executive of PoLHA, said: "This site is one that's completely unique for us incorporating a church. We are delighted to have been able to develop a centre as part of our plans.

"Creating communities in which people want to live is more than simply providing a roof over people's heads: It's providing good-quality, energy efficient housing people are proud of; it's supporting individuals and families and local groups to help bring people together and be a community."

Treasurer Ted Wallce said: "The members all seem happy with the new centre and we've settled in."

Boswall Parkway resident Paula McVay said: "Our new home is great and we're really happy with the energy efficient measures."

The main contractor was J Smart & Co, the architect Lee Boyd Architects, the engineer was David R Murray, quantity surveyor Hardies Property & Construction Consultants, the CDM Scott Bennett Associates and M&E Engineer Max Fordham Consulting Engineers.

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