A GRAHAM-led consortium, with Miller Homes, Panacea Property Development and Places for People as the other three member organisations, is undertaking the role of pre-development partner for the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) to deliver a multi-million-pound regeneration housing development at Meadowbank. The partnership, known as Edinburgh Meadowbank Group (EDMB), was formally approved by the Council’s Finance and Resources Committee (March 2022) to create one of the capital’s “greenest neighbourhoods” by incorporating low-car, lowcarbon infrastructure with energy efficient homes. It is anticipated that the pre-development phase will last approximately 42 weeks.
The site has several unique features, including a number of historical archaeological interests, and is bounded by railway lines at the north and south boundaries. We have been tasked to review the execution of all aspects of enabling, demolition and other infrastructure works and advise on the most efficient strategy of undertaking these works, while considering their implications for the remainder of the development.
In addition, the masterplan has a “people priority” focus - meaning a low car community and high quality routes for “walking and wheeling” is envisaged. Our design solution will seek to prioritise pedestrian and cycle movement through the new neighbourhood and establish intelligent connections to the wider neighbourhood and core path network.
“It’s great that these homes are located a short distance from the city centre and will be both cost effective to heat alongside some that will be wheelchair accessible. With the Meadowbank masterplan also having been awarded a ‘Building with Nature’ accreditation, we know that development will be setting standards for sustainable design, implementation and maintenance of high-quality green features, so I look forward to seeing the results of this stage of the development and what EDMB can bring to that.”
“This development and wider neighbourhood, shaped by the local community, will bring a great regenerative feel to this area of the city. While, through the community benefits programme we have agreed as part of this contract, we also hope to bring new jobs and training opportunities for local people, offer opportunities for local school leavers and children to be part of the vision for Meadowbank.”