“Outstanding” Edinburgh affordable homes ahead of schedule

WORK to deliver 43 affordable homes in a “high-demand” part of Edinburgh is said to be ahead of schedule.

Port of Leith Housing Association (PoLHA) is providing the homes at Ten Brunswick Road, which have been built by CALA Homes (East) ahead of an autumn site handover.

Ten Brunswick Road is a redevelopment of the former Royal Mail sorting office, which was demolished in 2010. The Port of Leith block includes 16 one-bedroom and 27 two-bedroom mid-market flats. The flats are described as being “tenure blind and sit comfortably within the wider development”, with a similar internal and external specification to the private homes.

Keith Anderson, chief executive at PoLHA said, “We’re thrilled with the outstanding quality of the homes that CALA has built. These homes are up there with some of the finest homes that the Association has ever received from a developer through the affordable planning mechanism

“It’s clear that the CALA team viewed these affordable homes with the same pride as the other high-quality homes in the development.”

Gavin Pope, land director with CALA Homes (East) added, “These properties offer the lifestyle benefits of a true city centre development and mark a milestone in Edinburgh’s affordable housing market. We are especially proud to see these homes through the planning process to the handover stage.

“It is of paramount importance that we deliver homes meeting needs across all aspects of the market and help to tackle the widespread supply shortfall. These mid-market apartments fill an easily recognisable void. And as well as providing opportunities for some first-time buyers, the private units next-door provided second-step homes, which will have freed up other homes to the market.”