Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart MSP joined City of Edinburgh Council officials and representatives from Places for People, at a ground-breaking ceremony for our new 374-home development at Shrubhill on Edinburgh's Leith Walk.
Shrubhill is the site of Edinburgh's historic tram depot, which was built in 1898. It was once home to workshops and the engine room that wound gears for the City's famous cable-hauled trams, the last of which ran in 1923. Listed structures on-site, including the tram sheds, chimney and a large part of the boundary wall and gables will remain as part of the development.
When complete, the £75 million development will offer a range of tenure options for rent and sale, with over 60% earmarked as affordable. As well as new-build properties, flats will be available within the conversion of the existing Grade B listed former tram depot buildings.
Phase one of the project will include 93 of a total 150 new homes to be delivered at Shrubhill under the National Housing Trust funding initiative (NHT), making it the largest single NHT development in Scotland.
Colin Rae, Group Development Director for Places for People said,
"The redevelopment of Shrubhill will breathe new life into a brownfield site that has been neglected for many years. We are building a really special neighbourhood of high quality homes here, and the mixed tenure options available will open up opportunities for everyone to become part of a vibrant new city centre community."