CONSTRUCTION work has started on new energy-efficient affordable homes on the site of a former primary school.
Forty new houses will be built at Duddingston Row in Bingham, where Lismore Primary School closed at Christmas 2008.
And next month work is due to get under way on a further 30 affordable homes on land where Parkview care home once stood in Peffermill Road.
The council-led developments - which include a mix of one, two and three bedroom flats, colonies and houses - are due for completion in autumn next year.
The houses will be built by construction firm CCG (Scotland) Ltd, which has delivered award-winning new homes for the council at Leith Fort and in Greendykes and is also progressing a major development of affordable housing in Craigmillar, which received its first new tenants this summer.
The two new sites promise to provide modern and energy-efficient homes for social rent as part of Edinburgh’s ambitious 20,000 affordable homes target.
The council said the new homes would have access to high quality green space as well as a reduced carbon footprint, saving on residents’ fuel bills.
In addition to delivering new homes, CCG will provide - apprenticeships, engage with local schools and colleges and provide community investment funds in Bingham and Parkview.
Housing convener Kate Campbell said: “Every new social home counts because housing need is exceptional in Edinburgh – there’s nothing better than seeing council houses being built and knowing that it won’t be long until they become people’s homes.
“With so many families in need of a new home, and construction so important to our economic recovery from Covid-19, the homes and jobs being delivered by our ambitious house-building programme will make a real difference to people’s lives.
“But we have to keep delivering more. We have 3,500 new homes in design development right now, with 800 homes already under construction across the city. Soon, we’ll be setting out our investment plans for the next 10 years, to make sure that we continue to provide much needed homes, create jobs and support local communities with tangible benefits like apprenticeships, community hubs, parks and improved public spaces.”
Housing vice-convener Mandy Watt added: “Everyone has the right to a safe, warm home. That’s why our strategy for the future is about investing more in our communities, upgrading our social housing and building thousands of new affordable homes in Edinburgh.
“And it’s not just about bricks and mortar – we’re seeing other benefits and improvements that we can bring to local areas. These developments in Bingham and Parkview will benefit lots of people in many different ways. They’ll help to regenerate the area and provide better public realm, better greenspace and funding for neighbourhood projects. They’ll benefit the long-term future of our environment too, thanks to their low carbon footprint and focus on energy efficiency.”