Build­ing new life in the area

A 15-year re­gen­er­a­tion project that in­cludes 3000 new homes is giv­ing a com­mu­nity a fresh start, says Ginny Clark

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - Show Homes -

THE loss of brew­ing and min­ing in­dus­tries hit the Craig­mil­lar area of Ed­in­burgh hard. How­ever, the on­go­ing re­gen­er­a­tion of the cap­i­tal’s south east sub­urb prom­ises to pro­vide a new fo­cus for the Craig­mil­lar com­mu­nity.

At the heart of this £200m 15-year mas­ter plan is the cre­ation of more than 3000 homes and sev­eral pri­mary schools by Parc, a joint ven­ture from the EDI Group and City of Ed­in­burgh Coun­cil, with in­volve­ment from lo­cal com­mu­nity groups. Also planned is a civic square, a £30m high school, a pub­lic li­brary and an im­proved shop­ping and re­tail cen­tre.

The Par­cLife de­vel­op­ment is set in what is de­scribed as Ed­in­burgh’s Green Quar­ter, with Craig­mil­lar Cas­tle Coun­try­side Park, Arthur's Seat and the Nid­drie Burn walk­way, plus play-parks, al­lot­ments and open wood­land all ac­ces­si­ble from the new homes.

At Par­cLife’s new three-bed­room de­tached showhome, the fresh and con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior re­flects both the de­vel­op­ment’s vi­sion, and its green sur­round­ings. There are two sec­tions of the de­vel­op­ment, The Square and The Court­yards, with 20 prop­erty types ul­ti­mately avail­able.

The first phase of The Square – 51 prop­er­ties in­clud­ing one and two-bed­room apart­ments and three-bed­room du­plexes and houses – is al­most sold out. The sec­ond phase of­fers two and three­bed­room houses, while the first release of The Court­yards is also of­fer­ing one and two-bed­room apart­ments and two and three-bed­room houses.

"They rep­re­sent some of the best val­ue­for-money prop­er­ties any­where in the city,” says Jim Kelly, sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager. "Th­ese homes have a won­der­ful city lo­ca­tion and as part of an re­gen­er­a­tion pro­gramme, which will build and sus­tain a new, thriv­ing com­mu­nity in the cap­i­tal, are of­fer­ing fa­cil­i­ties un­like any­thing cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped in Ed­in­burgh to­day."

The showhome, in The Square’s first phase, has an open-plan liv­ing and din- ing area, sep­a­rate kitchen, en suite mas­ter bed­room, fam­ily bath­room and down­stairs WC.

The de­signer has used an un­der­stated com­bi­na­tion of acid green and graphite grey against the nat­u­ral back­drop shades to cre­ate an el­e­gant and mod­ern fam­ily home. Rich wal­nut wooden oc­ca­sional fur­ni­ture, such as the din­ing chairs and side­boards, en­hance the over­all feel of warmth and com­fort.

French doors in the open-plan area fill the liv­ing space with light and pro­vide di­rect ac­cess to the gar­dens at the rear, while the Alno kitchen has stain­less steel Ig­nis ap­pli­ances and tiling by Porce­lanosa.

Buy­ers can ben­e­fit from the 10% uplift in prices as part of the £60m sup­port pack­age ex­tended to help first time buy­ers in Scot­land find af­ford­able homes.

The Open Mar­ket Shared Eq­uity Pi­lot scheme, which was an­nounced by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment in Jan­uary, is be­ing ex­panded from 10 coun­cil ar­eas to cover the whole of Scot­land. The scheme is part of the Low-cost Ini­tia­tive for First Time Buy­ers (LIFT), to help peo­ple on low to moderate in­comes buy an af­ford­able home.

Less than a mile from the Royal In­fir­mary of Ed­in­burgh, the homes are also served by good pub­lic trans­port, with sev­eral di­rect bus routes and also a walk­way and cy­cle path that leads into Ed­in­burgh city cen­tre.

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