Citypark Way, Edinburgh
Citypark Way reflects our aspirations to create high-quality homes to address the shortage in housing provision in Edinburgh.
Delivered in partnership with J. Smart & Co., this development comprises of 201 much-needed new homes. 40 of these properties were developed for outright sale by J. Smart & Co. with the remaining 161 homes completed for affordable rent and sale by Link. There are flats of various sizes including homes designed for wheelchair users.
Throughout the development of Citypark Way, we worked with two support organisations to facilitate housing provision for people with particular needs; Scottish Veterans Garden City Association (SVGCA) Houses for Heroes and Leonard Cheshire Disability.
The central park acts as a key focal point in the ‘heart’ of the development, creating a sense of place. Home Zone principles provide a means to slow traffic by creating a pedestrian priority development.
Public spaces are overlooked by street facing buildings. The style and character of the buildings sit comfortably with the surrounding area whilst ensuring that a contemporary feel is maintained.
A simple palette of materials has been used to ensure that the development attains the high quality of architecture required. Mixed buff coloured brickwork, appointed by light and dark coloured cladding, and large expanses of glazing have created the much sought after contemporary texture of the development.
The construction of the new homes adopt a “fabric first” approach to energy efficiency and low carbon emissions, incorporating a high level of insulation.
This is enhanced by the installation of ‘A’ rated gas combi-boilers. Electricity for communal installations is generated largely by solar photovoltaic panels on the roofs.
The project is built to comply with the Scottish Building Standards Section 7, Silver Standard 1 and 2, which will help to reduce tenants’ energy bills.
- Providing jobs
Link was the first Registered Social Landlord in Scotland to qualify for the National Skills Academy. This is due to our CITB Construction Skills Client-Based approach integrated in our procurement process.
The developer for City Park, J Smart & Co. Ltd, exceeded Link’s requirements with the number of new jobs created. They employed 155 people and 21 local subcontractors since site start.
- One Quantity Surveyor employment opportunity for a graduate
- 45 new jobs, including a Joiner, Bricklayer, Painter and Tapers
- 18 apprentices, including the creation of five new Carpentry and Joinery apprenticeships
- One apprentice completing training and being given employment