Robertson Partnership Homes has completed Phase 1 of The City of Edinburgh Council’s Small Sites Programme, with the final 26 units at Crewe Road Gardens being handed over. In total 263 affordable homes, across seven sites, have been delivered in Phase 1 and were procured through Major Works Scotland part of the Scape National Construction framework.
The Small Sites Programme identified brownfield gap sites in existing residential areas which presented the opportunity to expand existing communities and create high quality housing for social and mid-market rent in well-established neighbourhoods.
The seven sites across the city included Calder Gardens (pictured above), Dumbryden Gardens and Hailesland Place in Wester Hailes, and sites in the north of the city at Clermiston, Crewe Road Gardens, Royston and West Pilton Grove.
James Freel, Managing Director, Robertson Partnership Homes, said: “We are proud to contribute towards The City of Edinburgh Council’s target to deliver 10,000 new homes over a 10-year period.
“The high-quality new houses will enable a great number of new tenants to create their own home in part of an existing community. These seven sites further illustrate the commitment of The City of Edinburgh Council to its residents and to ensuring equal housing opportunities.”
Councillor Kate Campbell, Housing, Homelessness and Fair Work Convener for The City of Edinburgh Council, said: “We’re investing millions in new social and affordable homes for Edinburgh. Small sites like these are really important for helping us to boost the number of new affordable homes getting built.
“It’s fantastic to see all 263 homes now delivered in all seven communities, and to know that every single new home is giving a family or household in Edinburgh a safe, warm and beautiful place to live. We’re now looking ahead to delivering a further phase at Drumbryden Gardens.
“We know that for too many people in our city, housing is just too expensive. Building new Council houses, social homes and as much affordable housing as we possibly can is an absolute priority.”
Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, added: “Delivering high-quality affordable homes remains a critical focus for local authorities across Scotland as they continue to tackle the ongoing housing crisis. Robertson and The City of Edinburgh Council have gone above and beyond to deliver homes that have family and community wellbeing at their heart. The public sector will be crucial in driving forward Scotland’s economic recovery, and it’s vital that projects such as this continue to employ and support local supply chains in the months to come, and we’re so proud to play our part in this pursuit.”
Robertson Partnership Homes ensured community involvement across all seven sites, hosting a variety of work experience and apprenticeship opportunities, often meeting or exceeding the key performance indicators set out at the beginning of the programme. Robertson Timber Engineering provided the timber frames for the projects whilst Robertson Specialist Division undertook the concrete roof tiling.
Work is due to commence Phase 2 at Dumbryden Gardens, which will see Robertson Partnership Homes deliver an additional 49 units comprising apartments and 2 storey houses, further assisting The City of Edinburgh Council to meet its 10,000-unit housing target.
You can find out more about the City of Edinburgh Council’s housing ambitions here: https://labmonline.co.uk/features/project-profile-city-edinburgh-council-putting-housing-first/