Council leaders welcome £3.7m Scottish Government funding backing sustainable North Edinburgh

Today, the Council welcomes the news that almost £4m of Scottish Government funding has been secured to help transform North Edinburgh into a cultural hub.

A new multi-use community hub with an early years centre for 185 children, a library and additional space for North Edinburgh Arts has been awarded £2m from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund. In addition, an industrial unit in Granton Waterfront, part of the Council’s £1.3bn sustainable regeneration project in the areabeing transformed into a vibrant creative and community hub by arts charity Edinburgh Palette, has received £1.7m. Both projects will inspire generations to come. 

Council Leader Adam McVey said:

This funding comes as a fantastic endorsement for the work we’re doing to create equal and sustainable communities in North Edinburgh. Coming just before Christmas at a very difficult time for communities still struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic it is very welcome news indeed.

It will help enormously with our multi-use hub adding to our major success story in regenerating North Edinburgh. It’s so exciting to see this joint project with North Edinburgh Arts getting this recognition and endorsement.  As well as a cultural hub, the funding will help provide an accessible library and quality early years care at the heart of the community.

Depute Leader Cammy Day said:

In recent years our North Edinburgh regeneration project has brought massive positive change and a more equal and sustainable future for the communities living in the Pennywell and Muirhouse areas. It's great to see further investment completing our regeneration at MacMillan Square.

The pandemic is very much still with us and I’m so pleased communities in North Edinburgh have some inspiration and great news for the New Year. This further investment for our creative and community hub at Granton Waterfront enhances our £1.3bn wider Granton Waterfront project and follows on from our work with communities building new homes and facilities nearby.  I’m pleased to see the new hub being delivered for us by Edinburgh Palette in Granton Waterfront is receiving the recognition it deserves.

Lesley Hinds, Chair of North Edinburgh Arts, said: 

North Edinburgh Arts (NEA) is a multi-award winning project with strong community support and we are thrilled to be awarded funding from the Scottish Government. This funding means NEA can move forward with the MacMillan Hub project, in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council, to provide much needed space and services for the local area. NEA recently finalised a Community Asset Transfer which brings the NEA building, land and garden into community ownership and allows for the expansion of our work, essential now more than ever, as we recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. We now look forward to securing the additional resources needed to build on this important award. I want to give my thanks to the NEA Board, staff, officers at the City of Edinburgh Council, Richard Murphy Architects and, most importantly, the community of North Edinburgh for their continued support.



Published: December 17th 2021