CCG secures £71m Edinburgh contract to deliver country’s largest net zero housing development

Image credit: Cooper Cromar

CCG (Scotland) Ltd has secured a £71 million contract to deliver 444 new homes on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council.

The move forms part of the local authority’s £1.3 billion regeneration of Granton Waterfront, with the Western Villages project set to be Scotland’s largest net zero housing development.

CCG’s net zero home standard will be used for the build, with it described by the council as bringing improved insulation, low carbon heating and renewable technology that the local authority added will help it make ‘big strides’ in building sustainable housing for its residents.

The council anticipates that work will begin in mid-2022, with Western Villages offering a mix of one, two and three-bedroom flats with wheelchair accessible homes and a range of tenure options – including social, mid-market rent and homes for sale.

Image credit: Cooper Cromar

Architect, Cooper Cromar, is behind the design with the masterplan for the area to take account of the sea views and the nearby parkland, and will focus on active travel, electric car charging points, car club spaces and public transport links.

The council added that, over the next 15 years, 3,500 net zero carbon homes, a low energy heat network, a primary school, health centre, commercial and cultural spaces, sustainable transport provision and a new coastal park are all planned to be delivered in the wider Granton Waterfront site.

The City of Edinburgh Council depute leader, Cammy Day, said,“Particularly on the back of COP26 and our own 2030 Climate Strategy, approving this contract gives us certainty that that we’ll be able to deliver this major aspect of the council’s £1.3 billion Granton Waterfront regeneration. Housing will be integral in meeting our net zero ambitions by 2030 and Western Villages will be a gold-standard for other new development across the city.

“The wider regeneration project will also create one of Europe’s largest coastal city parks, providing opportunities for residents and visitors to reconnect with the city’s waterfront by offering more areas for leisure and outdoor experiences, civic spaces and sustainable housing.”