Links new affordable housing in Edinburgh

Link’s new affordable housing development at The Mooring, Ratho has been officially opened by The City of Edinburgh Council’s Vice Convener of Health, Social Care and Housing, Councillor Cammy Day.

The £2.5million construction of 19 homes for social and intermediate rent commenced in November 2013, using £708,000 funding provided by the Scottish Government and channelled through The City of Edinburgh Council.

The properties consist of one-and two-bedroom flats, three bedroom maisonettes and cottage flats and a two-bedroom flat specifically designed to meet the needs of a wheelchair user.

Built by CALA Management Ltd the properties meet Link design standards for affordable housing and achieved Police Scotland's Secured by Design Approval. Each home has gas central heating and hot water systems, high thermal insulation and double glazing to create warm, comfortable and energy-efficient homes that will be easy and economical to run.

The development lies within the Ratho Conservation Area and is adjacent to the Union Canal. It neighbours a larger residential development of 133 homes developed by CALA. The wider site incorporates family housing, a marina and public open space.

Since 2013, Link has built 60 properties in Edinburgh for social and intermediate rent at two developments at Lanark Road West and Gulliver Street. Link is currently building another 126 for social and intermediate rent at four new developments at City Park (Phase 1), Forthquarter, Shortbread House and Balmwell Terrace. These developments will all be completed during 2015.

Link Group Chairman, Roy Stirrat, said: "We are delighted to have been supported by the Scottish Government and the City of Edinburgh Council to enable us to continue to build new, high quality homes at rents affordable to people on low or limited fixed incomes to help address the shortfall in the provision of quality accommodation in Edinburgh.”

Derek Lawson, Strategic Land Director at CALA Homes (East) said: "We are delighted to have successfully completed the final phase of The Mooring, having started work on the project back in 2010. We believe the recently completed affordable housing will provide a great benefit to the local community, along with the reinstated car park opposite the Church and canal basin for Scottish Canals”

Councillor Cammy Day said: “The Moorings really captures what we’re aiming for across the city - a range of affordable, energy efficient homes that are completed to the highest standard.

“2014 was a record breaking year for Edinburgh in terms of delivering these much needed properties. The completion of the Moorings continues this trend and I look forward to working with partners like Link to provide more affordable homes throughout the Capital.”