Cala agrees £3m contract to deliver 19 affordable homes near Queensferry Crossing

Cala agrees £3m contract to deliver 19 affordable homes near Queensferry Crossing

(from left) Manor Estates’s CEO Claire Ironside, Cala site manager Gavin McCann and Manor Estates’s chair of the Board Rachel Hutton

Cala Homes (East) has confirmed an agreement worth £2.995 million with Manor Estates Housing Association (MEHA) to deliver much-needed affordable homes at a famous setting.

The developer, which has recently started construction on its Queensferry Heights project on land made available after the Queensferry Crossing’s completion, will partner with MEHA to deliver 19 homes, comprising 15 mid-market and four social rented properties.

Comprising 15 apartments and four terraced homes, construction of the affordable homes has been brought forward to meet high demand and to minimise construction-related disruption to the surrounding area.

The high specification homes will be built by Cala before being handed over to MEHA in early 2024 - and will blend seamlessly with the wider development. A further 25 affordable homes, taking the site total to 44, will be delivered later in the build programme.

Derek Lawson, strategic land director at Cala Homes (East), said: “This is an important chapter in this development and we are delighted to have a renowned, locally-based housing association on board.

“There is a distinct shortage of housing, both private and affordable – and we look forward to welcoming families into these homes and benefiting from living at this location.”

Claire Ironside, chief executive of MEHA, said, “It is very exciting to be involved in the project and to play our part in providing much needed affordable housing in this area and contributing to the City of Edinburgh’s Strategic Housing Investment Programme (SHIP). It follows our mission to provide excellent quality affordable homes and services that create safe, resilient and inclusive communities.”

Rachel Hutton, chair of MEHA, said: “We are delighted to be working with Cala Homes and to see 19 new high-quality homes for the Manor Estates Group. We will work together with Cala Homes and CEC to meet our strategic aim by creating communities where people want to live and feel proud of. We are also delighted to secure £1.23 million grant funding, providing homes that are sustainable, environmentally sound and accessible.”

Queensferry Heights will also include designated open spaces and footpath connections to the adjoining countryside, Society Road and adjacent residential area of Springfield.

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