Edinburgh City Council’s 21st Century Homes Small Sites Programme will see new affordable and mid-market rent properties delivered across the north and west of the city. It is part of a wider programme to deliver 40,000 affordable and mid-market homes across the city over the coming decade.

The project was procured through the Scape Major Works framework (now superseded by Major Works Scotland), part of the National Construction framework. It was delivered by Robertson in partnership with Willmott Dixon. Scape Group is a public sector owned built environment specialist offering a full suite of national frameworks and innovative design solutions.

The developments will be on constrained plots within established communities.

Calder Gardens, Sighthill

Calder Gardens in Sighthill will provide 37 new homes and, both of which will occupy brownfield land and as such seek to integrate with existing public realm, adopting ‘stripped back’ architecture and a restrained palette of materials — predominantly brick.

West Pilton Grove

The development at West Pilton Grove will provide an additional 29 homes. Barton Willmore is providing Architecture, Town Planning and Landscape Design services.

“We want to provide new neighbourhoods that have a sense of place, with integrated quality public realm and architecture, helping to ensure long-term, sustainable communities that are fundamentally a great place to live.” Stuart Bishop, director at Barton Willmore

Parkgrove Terrace, Clermiston

44 new homes at Parkgrove Terrace in Clermiston will be available for affordable rent, set in the heart of a well-established residential neighbourhood. The development is a mix of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom flats designed around a central courtyard with clearly defined public and private spaces and well-integrated parking.

Crewe Road Gardens, Pilton

At Crewe Road Gardens in Pilton, we will provide 26 new flats for affordable rent. The 4-storey block has been designed to respect the scale of surrounding housing, while also providing a secure community garden area to the north, which will be of great benefit to residents.

Hailesland Place, Wester Hailes

At Hailesland Place, in Wester Hailes, there will be 30 homes for affordable rent. The site is nestled between Canal View Primary School and the Union Canal. They consist of a mix of terraced houses and a 4-storey flatted block. The flatted block responds to the scale of Murrayburn Place to the west, whilst the terraced houses reflect the smaller buildings around the eastern boundary. New footpaths will complement the local pedestrian network helping to link together the neighbourhood.


A scheme at Royston will see 46 flats built on a brownfield site, taking the form of a three-storey flatted block. Generous communal gardens will front a new street, connecting Royston Mains Avenue with Boswell Parkway. This will step down to two storeys in height toward the south-east corner of the plot in deference to an existing single-storey property.

In their design statement, Barton Willmore observed: “At prominent corners of the urban block, corners terminate in gable features in order to create visual interest and character at gateway points. Additionally, the long elevation to the west is visually broken up by protruding gables, helping to minimise the visual length of the block. These gable corners and feature gables are a prominent repeating feature in the area as well as in the church to the east, so we have utilised this language to help knit the homes into the character of the neighbourhood.”

The finished scheme will be composed of white render and facing brick.

Dumbryden Drive

53 homes will be built at Dumbryden Drive. Like the other developments, this targets a brownfield site to provide much-needed housing alongside new public realm and through connections.

The built form mass comprises 4-storey flatted blocks that sit comfortably in the surrounding context with existing 4-storey blocks immediately adjacent to the site. The blocks are positioned to provide sufficient passive surveillance over public open spaces and streetscape. The blocks step and stagger to provide visual interest along elevations, with two visually strong gables on the southern edge, forming the principal elevation from the main road.

Homes will be clad predominantly in red and brown multi tone facing brick with elements of white render with living rooms oriented to face the street and bedrooms positioned to overlook communal gardens.



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