Dunedin Canmore invests £110m in homes

dunedin-canmoreOne of Scotland’s largest social landlords has unveiled plans for a £110 million housing investment in Edinburgh and Lothians.

Dunedin Canmore, part of Wheatley Group, will spend more than £80m building 700 homes over the next five years, subject to approval.

The housing association will also invest more than £30m upgrading existing homes – double the amount originally planned.

The announcement was made at the launch of an affordable homes development in the north of the city by Edinburgh Council’s new housing leader Joan Griffiths.

Councillor Griffiths, vice convener of the health, social care and housing committee, hailed the start of work on 80 affordable homes in Muirhouse as a “brilliant example” of partnership working between the city council and a housing association.

The Muirhouse development comprises 64 homes for social rent and 16 for mid-market rent, catering for people on modest incomes. It will be a mix of one and two-bedroom flats, traditional four-in-a-block flats and larger family houses.

Dunedin Canmore’s five-year investment programme was boosted by Wheatley’s ground-breaking public bond in late 2014. The huge increase in spend will lead to the upgrade of tenement buildings.

Councillor Griffiths was joined at the Muirhouse launch by local Councillor Vicki Redpath, Dunedin Canmore tenants and staff and representatives of development contractors Springfield, including Chairman Sandy Adam.

Dunedin Canmore, which owns and manages almost 8,000 homes, is building another 162 on sites across Edinburgh and the Lothians. Plans are being developed for a further 353, with new proposals being compiled for hundreds more.

The new affordable homes include 111 in Craigmillar, Edinburgh, 21 at Seafield Road, Bilston and 30 in North Berwick – the first homes built by Dunedin Canmore in the sea-side town. Homes will also be built in Gorebridge, Wallyford and Musselburgh.

Dunedin Canmore chairman Tom Mitchell said: “The homes in Muirhouse are a great boost to the local community.”

Photo: Dunedin Canmore tenants and staff join housing leader Joan Griffiths and local elected member, as well as representatives from Edinburgh City Council and contractors Springfield (contributed – click on image to enlarge)

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