Lovell has begun work on a new £3.4 million development of 30 flats for social rent just off Lasswade Road, five miles south of Edinburgh City centre. Constructed on behalf of Link Group Ltd, the development is expected to reach completion in late October.
The finished development will consist of 9 one bedroom flats and 21 two-bedroom flats, 4 of which will be wheelchair accessible. Under the 2011 Building Regulations, the development will achieve the optional silver level standard in sustainability. The outer rooftops of the development will be fitted with state-of-the-art photovoltaic panels, helping to reduce energy bills for occupants as well as lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
Lovell operations in Scotland are currently undergoing a period of considerable growth and the company is on track to build more than 450 new homes this year, an increase of 60% on the number of units completed in 2016. Activity is expected to increase by a further 7% in 2018.
Colin Culross, director of development & asset management from Link said: “I’m delighted that Link continues to make its contribution to The City of Edinburgh Council’s pledge to build more affordable homes and, in this case, 30 new social tenancies will be created as well as delivering a range of community benefits by development contractor Lovell.”
Stephen Profili, regional managing director for Lovell in Scotland commented: “This is an exciting time for Lovell and we are delighted to be working with Link Group to provide much needed high-quality homes for social rent in the south side of Edinburgh. The flats at Gilmerton Dykes Road will provide spacious, modern living as well as setting a high standard in sustainable construction and accessibility. We look forward to delivering high quality affordable housing that should benefit the local area for many years to come.”