Cruden appointed to deliver net zero carbon Granton Waterfront homes

A net zero carbon housing development, comprising 94 flats and 48 colony-style homes, will help bring a derelict brownfield site back to life as part of the £1.3 billion Granton Waterfront regeneration project.

Cruden Building has been appointed by the City of Edinburgh Council to deliver the design of this new project. The firm is working with designers Smith Scott Mullan; Will Rudd Davidson; Hulley and Kirkwood and Hardies.

The proposals will see the site feature a mix of net zero carbon affordable and mid-market rent properties, as well as a new football pavilion as a new home for Craigroyston Community Youth Football Club.

Architects Smith Scott Mullan have designed the development to give priority to green space. There will be four-storey blocks facing a large communal green space at the centre, with three-storey colony-style family homes to the north.

Cruden Building will provide a range of community benefits including apprenticeships and mentoring programmes.

Councillor Kate Campbell, The City of Edinburgh Council’s convener of housing, homelessness and fair work, said, “Granton is a site of national importance – recognised by the Scottish Government as strategically significant. To us it’s an opportunity to provide a large number of the much-needed affordable homes, and to open up a beautiful part of our city’s waterfront for our residents to enjoy and build a thriving community.

“We’re making these new homes sustainable, so they are more cost efficient and comfortable to live in. This helps us to tackle poverty by making the running costs of a home more affordable as well as helping us meet our targets to tackle climate change. These homes will also sit within a neighbourhood of communal leisure spaces that will bring people together and foster wellbeing and spaces for the community to strengthen bonds and build relationships.

“The Siverlea housing and community development is just one part of the wider £1.3 billion Granton Waterfront project – a new coastal town bringing 3,500 new homes, a school, medical centre, new cycling and walking routes and enhanced sustainable transport connections with the city, making a significant contribution to Edinburgh’s target to become a net zero carbon city by 2030.

“Appointing Cruden Building as our design partner means we can move on to the next stage of this development, not only building much needed affordable homes, but delivering benefits to the wider community through job opportunities and lending support to local groups as our economy recovers from the challenges of the pandemic.”

Allan Callaghan, MD of Cruden Building, added, “This is an important step forward for this landmark development which will deliver one of the first net zero carbon home initiatives to the capital. This important new housing development is firmly focused on placemaking and designing homes for the future. As with all of our developments, we are committed to giving back to the local area and we plan to provide training and employment opportunities for local SMEs; support work placements and employment opportunities for members of the community and support local organisations to ensure the community benefits as far as possible from this innovative and sustainable new development.”

Phased construction is expected to start next year subject to consent.