LAR opens Edinburgh development and targets more sites

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart (centre) welcomes two of LAR’s new tenants

HOUSING charity LAR is on the lookout for further Edinburgh sites after the opening of its largest development to date.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart MSP officially opened Westwood House in the west end of the city, which is is LAR’s first commercial to residential conversion.

LAR chair Andrew Robertson said, “This is a significant moment in our short history and we’re delighted to welcome the Minister here once again. Westwood House was our first deal in Edinburgh and, at 47 properties, our biggest completed development to date anywhere in Scotland. There is no doubt that Edinburgh is in great need of quality mid-market rental homes and we’re very grateful for the continued support of the Scottish Government and the help we’ve received from the City of Edinburgh Council. We are actively looking for more development opportunities in the city.”

Kevin Stewart MSP commented, “I am pleased that the Scottish Government’s £55 million loan has enabled LAR Housing Trust to undertake a broad range of developments that contribute to the supply of new, affordable homes in Scotland. This is another important milestone for LAR as it continues to deliver against its target of 1,000 affordable homes across Scotland. Working innovatively with partners like LAR is an example of how we are delivering our 50,000 target for new affordable homes, while also increasing the supply of housing options so everyone in Scotland has access to affordable, good quality homes that meet their needs.”

Westwood House comprises of 18 one-bed, 27 two-bed and two three-bed properties.

Conversion work was carried out by Clark Contracts. Director Michael Scanlan said, “It has been great to work with LAR Housing Trust and the design team on this exciting development and helping them tackle the shortage of mid-market rental homes across Scotland. We hope to continue our relationship with them in the future.”

LAR has also purchased 40 units in another office conversion in the area. Elfin Square, next to Westwood House, is also due to welcome its first tenants in the near future.