Partner sought for sustainable mixed-use development at Meadowbank

The City of Edinburgh Council has begun the search for a development partner for the creation of a new mixed-use neighbourhood at Meadowbank.

The local authority aims to deliver around 600 new energy efficient homes (35% of them affordable) on a five-hectare site next to the new Meadowbank Sports Centre.

Developed in detail with community groups, the masterplan for this site is currently being assessed by the planning department for the area, featuring proposals for a low-car, low-carbon development which pays tribute to the site’s sporting and industrial heritage, prioritising pedestrian and active travel through a network of new paths and roads.

Subject to planning permission, the new community is set to be the first development of its size in Edinburgh to promote the council’s net zero carbon ambitions. It will give people priority over cars and also offers space for community and commercial uses, a GP surgery, a number of play and park spaces, rain gardens and plans to retain and plant more trees. Further options for boosting energy efficiency, including an idea for homes with green roofs, are also being explored.

With work to build a new state-of-the-art sports facility already well underway, contractors are now getting ready to return to work when Scottish Government guidance allows.

A series of safety measures are being put in place to make sure workers and members of the public are protected when construction is back on track, with these preparatory works now underway.

A Prior Information Notice has been lodged seeking feedback from interested parties to allow a procurement exercise to start later in the year estimated to be worth around £110m-£130m. While the development plans remain at an early stage, the notice includes a questionnaire seeking expressions of interest from potential development partners and consortiums including small and medium enterprises.

Councillor Kate Campbell, housing homelessness and fair work convener, said: “These are ambitious designs for a sustainable development in keeping with the area, featuring much-needed new homes for our city. They have been shaped by the local community and people’s physical and mental wellbeing has been put at the heart of our plans, with a strong emphasis on green living, energy efficiency and homes for social rent. Despite the challenges we all face, as a city we need to keep future plans progressing and no more so is this a priority than the urgent work we need to do to create modern, warm, safe and affordable homes for residents.”

Councillor Mandy Watt, housing homelessness and fair work vice convener, said: “Working to support local communities and the wellbeing of our people and planet is going to be central to our recovery plans from this pandemic, alongside promoting good growth and job opportunities. Through projects like Meadowbank, the construction industry can help us kickstart this economic recovery and we’re working across all of our sites so that they’re ready to operate safely, when they can reopen.”

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