The development at Gulliver Street, Edinburgh was one of the first to be built using influences from Link's Design Guide.
The properties consisted of two-bedroom flats, two and three-bedroom houses and two three-bedroom bungalows, specifically designed to meet the needs of a wheelchair-user.
This project was designed in accordance with Link’s Design Guide and Housing for Varying Needs and achieved Police Scotland's Secured by Design Accreditation.
The design emphasised the need to consider the surrounding character and building scale, ensuring that the residential heart of Niddrie House Park connects with Greendykes Road. Large living area windows allow for natural surveillance, and open courtyards provide safe places to walk and cycle.
Each home has combined 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 orientation of the housing maximises passive solar energy.
Two of the houses were designed for wheelchair users which can be adapted to accommodate the changing physical requirements of the occupants over time.
This development provided much needed affordable homes in Edinburgh and formed an important part of Craigmillar’s regeneration. The design, range of house types and tenure mix provides a bedrock for community sustainability.