Edinburgh regeneration project wins housing award

The City of Edinburgh Council’s Craigmillar Town Centre development was recognised at the Scottish Home Awards, winning the ‘Housing Regeneration Project of the Year’ category.

The Craigmillar Town Centre housing development consists of 194 high-quality energy efficient homes for social rent and mid-market rent, with the judges recognising the important role that the project has played in supporting investment in retail and school estate in the town centre.

The award was shared with the Council’s partners on the project, housebuilding contractor CCG Scotland and architects Anderson Bell Christie.

The development was also a finalist in the ‘Affordable Housing Development of the Year (Social Rent)’ category.

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Cllr Kate Campbell, City of Edinburgh Council’s housing convener, said: ‘Through our Council house building programme we’re investing in communities across our city, being led by local people as to what they want, and how they want to see any regeneration in their local area happen. As a Council we’ve made our priorities ending poverty, promoting wellbeing and making our city greener and more sustainable for future generations. In Craigmillar town centre the new homes meet all three aims.

‘We’ve built energy efficient, affordable homes that are easy to heat, there’s good quality outdoor space, the whole area is well maintained and it’s easy, and a pleasure, to travel through. There are areas for children to play and we’re investing more in public space through the Scottish Government’s Place Based Fund to create a space for community and public events. We’ve also got a fantastic new school building well under way.

‘The communities in Craigmillar and Niddrie deserve to have some of the best quality new homes and amenities, and this win and finalist recognition proves that we do. It is also testament to the hard work of the Council’s teams so I’d like to thank everyone for their dedication to making sure we’re not just building much needed affordable homes, we’re building some of the best new homes and developments in the city.’

In related news, a restoration scheme at one of Salford’s historic sites has been awarded a British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) National Landscape Award for regeneration.

Photo by Adam Wilson


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