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 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.