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169 new homes in the pipeline at Greendykes South

A new deal between developer The EDI Group and housebuilder Taylor Wimpey is set to regenerate a key brownfield site in Edinburgh with 169 new homes for the capital.

Taylor Wimpey has submitted an application with detailed plans to build a mix of private apartments and terraced and detached houses at Greendykes South near Craigmillar.

In addition to the proposed residential development, the site will feature a small retail unit helping to meet the local needs of existing and future communities.

Work on the seven-acre development, situated in Greendykes between Craigmillar and the Bio-Quarter, could get underway as soon as autumn 2018 if the proposals are approved by the planning authority.

The scheme is part of the £200 million+ Craigmillar Masterplan which includes 1800 planned new homes, two thirds of which are completed or under construction, together with a town centre retail development and public realm improvements.

The regeneration has been led by The EDI Group for the past decade, helping to build a thriving community for people to live in the south of the city.

The new Greendykes South proposals will complement the adjacent development at Greendykes North and follows the recent opening of a Lidl supermarket and a Home Bargains store in the Craigmillar town centre development, another vital part of the area’s regeneration project.

Taylor Wimpey is currently completing a nearby development of 160 homes at Edmonstone Walk, off The Wisp, and the new proposals will neatly complement work in this area.

Pauline Mills, land and planning director at Taylor Wimpey, said: “We’re delighted to be working with The EDI Group to deliver some stunning new homes in this part of Edinburgh. The new retail facilities on the high street should serve to make this area even more attractive for purchasers, and based on our experience at our nearby Edmonstone Walk development, we anticipate very strong customer demand.

“As well as an impressive range of new homes, our development will provide a range of economic benefits for the local area which includes supporting construction jobs, as well as the attraction of new customers to local businesses.”

Mark Harris, head of development at The EDI Group, added: “It’s fantastic to have a company of Taylor Wimpey’s calibre building on the site’s success with a very attractive scheme, which fits perfectly with our ambitions for Greendykes.

“This development will be the next significant stage of Craigmillar’s regeneration and we’re pleased to be playing our role in helping create attractive places in Edinburgh for people to live and work.”

Operational delivery ‘key to return on investment’ for Build to Rent in Scotland

A build to rent project is underway at Edinburgh's Fountainbridge

A build to rent project is underway at Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge

Investors into Scotland’s Build to Rent (BTR) sector have been urged to ensure that schemes have operational management factored in from the earliest stages of development.

A new report from residential property management company FirstPort is based on a roundtable meeting involving some of Scotland’s major players in industry and representatives of government.

With significant government backing, the hope is that BTR will attract £500 million of investment and deliver 2,500 private rental homes by 2020 to help address the housing shortage in Scotland.

But, according to Build to Rent in Scotland: Getting it right, across the UK the BTR sector has so far faced challenges establishing itself as a significant element of the housing market.

FirstPort business development manager, Jeremy Ogborne, said: “Build to Rent in Scotland: Getting it right addresses some of the barriers that have slowed investment and delivery in the BTR sector.  The report argues that securing the confidence of investors, of government, and of customers, is key, and that ensuring how the building will operate and serve its local market should be planned in from the beginning.

“The key message is that, in the end, the quality of operational delivery will define a development and the customer experience. In the everyday life of a development it is going to make the difference between efficient and high-quality amenities versus amenities which are disused or deteriorating; the difference between a vibrant community in which residents feel they belong, versus one with dissatisfied, disengaged customers.

“Operational delivery is absolutely key to providing a healthy return on investment for the long-term, reducing customer churn, and maintaining a premium look and feel.

“If a development treats this as an afterthought then it is going to struggle to remain viable, as some BTR developments currently are. There are very few managing agents in the market with the scale necessary to perform this role.

“Now the Scottish Government is calling on the sector to deliver, and with operational expertise, management information and an experienced, skilled workforce all factored in from day one, it can do so.”

Build to Rent in Scotland: Getting it right includes input from Homes for Scotland, Pinsent Masons LLP, the Scottish Futures Trust, the Scottish Property Federation, Montagu Evans, the EDI Group and representatives of the Scottish Government.

£20m boutique Edinburgh Old Town hotel ‘tops out’

Hotel CGI 2Work on building a new £20 million hotel on a well-known gap site in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town has reached a crucial milestone with the building reaching its highest point.

Developer EDI Group and Carlton Hotel Collection are creating the 98-room design boutique hotel on Market Street on land between Craig’s Close and the City Arts Centre which has lain derelict for more than 50 years.

Situated right in the heart of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage and Old Town Conservation Area, construction of the seven-storey hotel will transform the last remaining gap site on the northern boundary of the Old Town, between Edinburgh Castle and North Bridge.

Hotel CGI 1The project construction, first begun in May 2016, has proved a huge design challenge with the site surrounded by historic buildings on three sides and by the busy Market Street and Waverley Station directly in front.

But now that the steel ‘backbone’ of the building is in place, work on the exterior and interior of the landmark building will now accelerate, with the hotel due for completion in late Summer 2018.

Once open, guests to the four-star hotel will be able to enjoy a top floor lounge with panoramic views across the Waverley Valley from Princes Street Gardens to Calton Hill from a specially-designed champagne bar roof terrace.

Hans van der Heijden of Carlton Hotel Collection accepts a ceremonial spanner from Andy McLinden of ISG and Eric Adair of EDI

Hans van der Heijden of Carlton Hotel Collection accepts a ceremonial spanner from Andy McLinden of ISG and Eric Adair of EDI

A ceremonial ‘topping out’ earlier this week saw EDI Group’s operations director, Eric Adair, and the firm’s head of development, Mark Harris, accompanied by Andy McLinden managing director of main contractor ISG’s UK Construction North and Scotland businesses, tighten a last ‘golden’ bolt on the frame witnessed by Carlton Hotel Collection’s director of operations Hans van der Heijden and sales director Christa van Camp.

Mr Adair said: “Today marks an important milestone in the ambitious project bringing life back to this well-known gap site.

“Creating and constructing a fitting design that works for Market Street has been a challenge for all of the team involved but it is a great example of what EDI can do. With steelwork complete we can now really see the hotel taking shape.

“While there is still much to be done, I have no doubt that the hotel will be a vital addition to the city’s hospitality offering for visitors and residents alike in what is a spectacular location.”

Hotel CGI 4 ringedMr van der Heijden said: “We are excited about this project and can’t wait to open our doors. Market Street Hotel will be the first Design Hotel™ in Edinburgh, and will bring a new dimension to the city’s hotel supply.

“On the top floor we’ll be introducing Nor’loft, a uniquely designed lounge with a ‘champagne table’ where guests can enjoy their bubbles whilst gazing out across the spectacular skyline view. This impressive top floor will bring a new vibe and face to the city’s nightlife.”

ISG’s Mr McLinden, said: “This is a transformational project for one of the few remaining new build sites in the Old Town area, with a design and exacting specification worthy of this key strategic location. Reaching this milestone is a moment for all project stakeholders to come together and celebrate an immense engineering and construction achievement, that paves the way for an outstanding addition to Edinburgh’s acclaimed hospitality offer.”

Edinburgh approves masterplan for over 1,300 homes at New Brunstane

New BrunstaneA housing development of over 1,300 homes in Edinburgh has edged closer after councillors gave initial plans the green light.

A narrow vote of seven to six in favour of granting approval of the New Brunstane Masterplan will now allow the City of Edinburgh Council’s arms-length developer EDI Group to put forward more detailed blueprints for the site.

First submitted in September last year, the proposal for 1,330 new homes – including over 300 affordable – will be one of the first major housing sites included in the recently adopted Local Development Plan to come forward, providing a family-focused neighbourhood complete with a new primary school and local centre with a range of community and retail uses as well as parks, allotments and play areas.

Eric Adair, operations and finance director at The EDI Group, said: “We are obviously delighted by the decision, one that will go some way to addressing Edinburgh’s long-term housing supply requirements with a carefully planned, sympathetic masterplan that will create a new family-friendly neighbourhood in Edinburgh.

“As a committed and responsible developer, EDI will continue to work with the council, local community and stakeholders throughout the development, ensuring that New Brunstane can become a thriving community that complements the surrounding area and becomes a great place to live, relax and play.”

The developer said the project would create more than 100 full-time construction jobs and generate £71 million into the regional economy.

Councillor Sandy Howat supported the plans and said: “The application site will bring much-needed housing to the city including over 300 affordable homes.

“Of the sites available around the city, Brunstane has the unique advantage of train access – we should of course be encouraging non-car transport and coupled with cycling storage at the stations and green open space walking routes, this was a welcome application.

“Preserving the character of Newhailes House with considerate open views to and from Brunstane House across the site, were clear amenity advantages for the new residents. This is a welcome addition to Edinburgh as a great place to live, work and play.”

Edinburgh Council to provide ‘one stop shop’ for developers in-house

PARC Craigmillar Ltd transformed the site of the former Niddrie Mill Primary School into a residential development of private for sale and affordable housing

PARC Craigmillar transformed the site of the former Niddrie Mill Primary School into a residential development of private for sale and affordable housing

The City of Edinburgh Council has made the decision to change current arrangements for city development by providing a new, in-house one stop shop for developers and investors.

A review of existing operational arrangements identified that delivery of required regeneration projects including new housing for the city would be more efficiently delivered through an in-house model. The new in house arrangements will retain the flexibility to work through external companies and joint ventures.

The companies impacted upon are EDI, the council’s arms-length development company and associated companies Parc Craigmillar and Waterfront Edinburgh Limited.

A transitional period will ensure that it is business as usual for existing projects being operated by the companies involved and where there are contractual arrangements in place for key EDI projects, these will be honoured.

The council will be liaising with staff affected directly. Discussions with existing clients and stakeholders are taking place and a group is being established to ensure the transition takes place smoothly.

Cllr Gavin Barrie, economy convener and chair of EDI Group, said: “The council has acted decisively to put new plans in place to ensure that the delivery of key developments and regeneration projects can be sustained and accelerated.

“This decision will allow the council’s in-house team to focus on its strategic plan to deliver much needed private and affordable housing for Edinburgh, including the delivery of 8,000 new affordable homes in the next decade that has been matched by social landlords in the city.

“I’d like to thank all the staff at EDI and related companies for all their hard work over many years and their continuing commitment that ensures their experience will be built upon in the future.”

Eric Adair, operations and finance director, at EDI, said: “EDI has a long track record of successful development in the city, starting with Edinburgh Park over 25 years ago.  Crucially though, the property market has changed and these new arrangements will mean that the regeneration work in Craigmillar and Granton will now have a much greater weight behind it and should progress faster.

“Everyone is extremely proud of what we have achieved and the positive legacy EDI will leave. In the meantime we remain firmly focused on finishing our current developments like the hotel on Market Street, which will be a wonderful addition to the architecture of the Old Town.”

Housing transformation of former Edinburgh school complete

Niddrie Mill Primary SchoolCCG (Scotland) Ltd has announced the completion of a landmark housing development in Edinburgh’s Craigmillar district.

In partnership with PARC Craigmillar Ltd, part of the EDI Group, the construction firm has successfully transformed the site of the former Niddrie Mill Primary School into a residential development of private for sale and affordable housing.

Of the 66 homes created at the development, 28 are mid-market rent flats for Places for People, six are flats for social rent for Castle Rock Edinvar, while 32 private for sale properties were also constructed including a block of 17 apartments behind the restored Schoolhouse façade.

Calum Murray, director, CCG (Scotland) Ltd, said: “The Schoolhouse was a challenging project in many respects, none more so than the difficulties presented by the age and condition of the school building. Embracing the challenge, we worked tirelessly to develop a solution that preserved as much of this iconic building as possible by retaining the school façade; refurbishing the cupola and weather vane, and preserving the 1899 Wauchope War Memorial.

“By integrating this with modern construction methods, we have maximised the energy performance of the building and created modern, spacious apartments.  The end result is truly stunning.”

Niddrie Mill Primary School 2The housing mix on the site comprise the apartments in the new ‘Schoolhouse’ building, two new blocks of two and three bedroom terraced housing and two new build four-storey blocks of two bed apartments, all constructed using CCG’s enhanced closed panel timber frame system complete with insulation, windows and doors pre-installed. An example of the on-site benefits was the construction of the show home complex, a block of three terraced homes, delivered to full completion in just 7 weeks.

Calum Murray added: “The success of this development is down to the use of the CCG OSM timber frame system. Traffic congestion is a big problem in Craigmillar and as the development sits right on the edge of Niddrie Mains Road, the speed of construction and reduced vehicular movements associated with performing most of the works ‘Off-Site’ contributed greatly to the delivery of the housing, a key factor when considering our requirement for the show home complex. The ability to enter the market quicker ultimately led to the selling out of the homes well ahead of target.”

Working with local partners Barnardo’s Edinburgh and Action for Children, CCG also employed three apprentice joiners on the project and worked with Edinburgh-based charities to offer work placements to five young people who gained experience as general labourers.

The Schoolhouse is one of several contracts that have been completed by CCG in Edinburgh including the new Thistle Foundation Centre for Health and Wellbeing, also located in the Craigmillar area, as well as a 237-bed student apartment scheme in the city centre.

Proposals for over 1,300 homes lodged with City of Edinburgh Council

New Brunstane

New Brunstane

Plans have been submitted to build more than 1,300 homes on greenbelt land separating Edinburgh from Musselburgh.

Developer EDI Group, an arms-length company of the City of Edinburgh Council, has lodged an application for Planning Permission in Principle to construct 1,330 houses, a school and leisure facilities over a 48-hectare site known as New Brunstane.

The application is one of the key Local Development Plan (LDP) sites earmarked by both the council and the Scottish Government to help Edinburgh ease its housing shortage and meet future growth targets.

EDI submitted a Proposal of Application Notice back in December 2015. Since that time, they have been working closely with the local community and stakeholders on the emerging masterplan for New Brunstane with community consultation events held in March and May of this year. Feedback received at these events, along with ongoing discussions with statutory bodies has helped shape the final plans.

The developer said the project would create more than 100 full-time construction jobs and generate £71 million into the regional economy.

Kuan Loh of the EDI Group said: “The submission of the planning application for the New Brunstane masterplan marks an important milestone for EDI, and for the future sustainable growth of Edinburgh.

“As a key strategic site contained in the Local Development Plan, New Brunstane affords close links to Edinburgh’s major areas of employment and nearby settlements.

“The masterplan is sensitively conceived, with new housing in the heart of a parkland setting incorporating a network of clear physical and visual linkages with its surrounding areas. New Brunstane is the ideal development to meet the aspirations of a growing capital city.”

Blueprints show 23 per cent of the development’s total land area will be maintained as green spaces.

Detailed proposals submitted for first phase of Edinburgh’s £200m India Quay development

India Quay will create a new, mixed use, canalside quarter on the former brewery site

India Quay will create a new, mixed use, canalside quarter on the former brewery site

The developer of a major regeneration project in the heart of Edinburgh has revealed its new India Quay development could boost the local economy by more than £30 million over the next three years.

The figures released today by The EDI Group Ltd, alongside a set of new CGI visuals of the scheme, highlight the economic impact of building its India Quay development at the former McEwan’s brewery site in Fountainbridge.

The first phase of the £200m development which has now been submitted for detailed planning consent, will transform the under-used site into a modern mixed-use neighbourhood of canal side apartments, shops and businesses.

EDI’s masterplan will deliver the largest build-to-rent scheme in Scotland to date and includes 438 mixed tenure homes and apartments, alongside a hotel, as well as cultural, office and retail spaces with a selection of cafes and restaurants on offer.

The first phase of the development will create 250 jobs in Fountainbridge, rising to 1,250 when the whole site has been developed. The first phase will also generate 140 construction jobs. When completed, India Quay will contribute more than £30m to the Edinburgh economy.

Councillor Gavin Barrie, chair at The EDI Group Ltd, said: “These latest economic impact figures highlight how important India Quay will be for growth, investment and job opportunities in the city, especially in the creative and cultural industries and in the retail, tourism and hospitality sectors.

“Bringing an under-used site back into community use will also deliver innovative living opportunities for local residents and workers at a time of need. India Quay will be a quality addition to the Edinburgh’s iconic built environment and create a vibrant destination to attract additional visitors to the capital.”

View of the India Quay development in the heart of Edinburgh City Centre

View of the India Quay development in the heart of Edinburgh City Centre

Working with Edinburgh-based 7N Architects, EDI’s detailed residential plans include a range of one, two and three bedroom hi-spec apartments as well as 112 affordable homes. The three bedroom homes will be built in the traditional colony style, a favourite of the Edinburgh family market.

All of the homes will be professionally managed in a single ownership build-to-rent model and will be aimed at the entire market, from young professionals to families and downsizers, providing high quality living and communal spaces, gardens and services.

Lynn Smith, head of development at The EDI Group, said: “With more graduates and city workers looking for flexible city living opportunities in light of mortgages being tightened after Brexit, the build-to-rent model is a positive solution and India Quay will cater for this need.

“We feel Edinburgh offers the most exciting opportunities for this market in the UK. The site’s close proximity to Haymarket Station and the expanding Exchange office district also make it a suitable location for investors in search of a unique proposition in the capital.”

The first phase of the India Quay development on land west of Gilmore Park will also include:

  • A new home for Edinburgh Printmakers
  • 456sqm of flexible office/work spaces suitable for technology and digital start-ups and microbusinesses
  • Cafes, restaurants and retail units with a total floor area of 2,607sqm
  • 146 under-deck parking spaces

Ewan Anderson, partner at 7N Architects, said: “It feels very satisfying to see the project reach this important milestone. 7N Architects has been developing the proposals for the site with EDI over the last four years and the place making principles established with the local community in the masterplanning workshops at the outset have all been carried through to detailed stages. It is rare to see a major development in Edinburgh cultivate such strong spectrum of support and goodwill.”

Images courtesy of 7N Architects.

ISG secures £20m Edinburgh hotel schemes

EDI Group's 98 room boutique hotel in Edinburgh’s Old Town

EDI Group’s 98 room boutique hotel in Edinburgh’s Old Town

ISG has secured two prestigious contracts in Edinburgh, with a combined value of £20 million, which will further enhance the city’s reputation for hospitality excellence.

ISG has been appointed by TH Real Estate to create the country’s newest ‘hub by Premier Inn’ hotel and is also main contractor for the first venture in Edinburgh by European operator, the Carlton Hotel Collection, delivered in partnership with The EDI Group.

The new 145 bed Premier Inn hotel will be the second ‘hub’ site in Edinburgh and will see ISG transform the Hanover Buildings in the city’s popular Rose Street into Premier Inn’s innovative new hotel format which offers guests connected city centre locations and intelligent design. ISG will comprehensively modernise and extend the former Edinburgh office building, adding a two-storey steel frame extension at roof level to increase the property’s total floor area by circa 4,900 sq ft. The existing façade will be cleaned and repaired and curtain walling elements installed to enhance the building’s aesthetics and improve thermal performance.

The Market Street project will create a new four star 98 room boutique hotel, which will transform a key under-used site located next to Craig’s Close, which has remained vacant for more than 50 years. Conversion works on what is currently a gap site will involve ISG removing an existing building and carrying out associated works. Thereafter, construction will commence on the seven storey, steel framed building which will be clad in Natural Sandstone, Granite Rainscreen, Zinc Wall which will house the hotel and transform the cityscape.

Andy McLinden, ISG’s Scotland regional managing director, said: “As Scotland’s hospitality scene continues to thrive, these important new wins, which will further enhance Edinburgh’s burgeoning hotel sector, demonstrate our strong sector credentials and reputation for delivering complex change-of-use schemes in logistically challenging city environments.”

ISG was recently revealed as the contractor for a multi million pound upgrade at the Trump Turnberry resort and these latest wins further cement the company’s growing reputation within the Scottish hotel sector. ISG already counts the iconic Old Course Hotel and Hamilton Grand development in St Andrews, as well as at the world famous Gleneagles Hotel and the luxurious Cameron House Hotel in Loch Lomond among its customer base.

Edinburgh canal side development plans to go on show

India QuayMulti-million pound regeneration plans to transform an old Edinburgh brewery site into a thriving canal side community will go on show at an upcoming information event.

The EDI Group Ltd is inviting residents to an information event on Tuesday 10 May, from 3pm to 8pm, at Akva, 129 Fountainbridge, to present its updated plans to build 438 new homes as part of its long-term redevelopment of the former McEwan’s brewery site.

The £200 million India Quay development aims to create a unique canal side destination in the heart of the capital and will also deliver one of the largest build-to-rent schemes in Scotland over the next three years.

The information event will provide local residents, businesses and community groups an opportunity to find out more about updated details of the types of homes and apartments due to be submitted as part of a detailed planning application later this month.

Lynn Smith, head of development at The EDI Group, said: “India Quay is a major development site for the city of Edinburgh. Bringing a long-standing vacant site back into use will not only improve the city centre’s built environment it will also deliver a significant economic boost creating jobs and attracting inward investment.

“Having listened to what local people would like to see developed, we’re pleased to be submitting our detailed planning application and look forward to working with our partners to create a thriving community of high quality homes, shops, restaurants and mixed use spaces for future generations and visitors to enjoy.”

Residential plans being submitted for India Quay as part of the detailed planning application will include a range of one, two and three bedroom apartments as well as 112 affordable homes. The three bedroom homes will be built in the traditional colony style, a favourite of the Edinburgh family market.

All of the homes will be professionally managed long-term in a single ownership, build-to-rent model offering a variety of apartment styles for residents, from young professionals and upsizers, with families and downsizers each having access to high quality living spaces, communal space, gardens and services.