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Edinburgh construction development confirmed

Edinburgh construction development confirmed

A new homes project in Edinburgh has been confirmed, after the city council signed an £18 million deal with Keepmoat Construction.

Keepmoat will be constructing 184 council homes for rent and 132 for private sale at the North Sighthill plot in the west of the city. The constructor will pay the council £3.2 million for the latter group of homes.

Significantly, the architects for the project have been instructed to ensure all the homes look identical, with the same design, materials and appearance whether they are for sale or rent. 

The development will also be built to a high level of energy efficiency, with the green credentials of the site being boosted by the inclusion of photovoltaic panels, enabling some of the electricity needs to be met by on-site renewables. 

Construction of the project will begin early next year and will also include the building of 250 sq m of commercial space. The development will be easily accessible by public transport, lying between Wester Hailes and Edinburgh Park stations to the south and north respectively. The latter station also includes a stop on Edinburgh's tram system. 

The development is one of many being undertaken by the council in conjunction with a range of partners. These include housing associations, the Scottish government and the Scottish Futures Trust. Over the next decade, the plan is to build 16,000 new homes. This quest will be aided with grants from Holyrood in the form of the Affordable Housing Supply Programme, which is designed to target areas where a lack of low price or mid-market housing is a significant concern.

Keepmoat is not just working alongside the city council in Edinburgh. Earlier this year, the constructor signed a deal with Sigma, a developer from the Scottish capital, to build 5,000 new homes across the country on a private rental scheme (PRS) basis. 

These will be built in locations such as  the north-east, Yorkshire and the East Midlands, adding to a Sigma portfolio that includes PRS homes in Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Sheffield.

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