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Landmark eco-friendly residential development gets underway in the Capital

Posted: 5th August 2021

Work has started on a new eco-friendly and sustainable residential development at Rowanbank Gardens in Corstorphine, Edinburgh. Innovative property developer, Artisan, appointed Cruden Building East, part of the Cruden Group, to deliver low carbon, city centre housing on the former brownfield site which is positioned beside Gyle Park.


The new 2.28-acre housing development has been designed by 7N Architects and will comprise of 126 one-, two- and three-bedroom homes, designed to bring the outside in as they are all positioned around an expansive shared garden courtyard. The new development includes 33 affordable homes, and a significant proportion are much sought-after three-bedroom family homes.


Rowanbank Gardens has been carefully designed to provide smart, energy efficient homes that are geared towards achieving low to zero carbon rating. There is no gas being used within the development.  Instead, all the heating and hot water comes from individual air source heat pumps with back-up electric boilers. The generous central courtyard garden, which provides double the level of open space recommended, will offer extensive landscaping and will foster a real sense of community.


Further environmental benefits include every property having access to cycle storage to prioritise active travel in this part of the city and sustainable car use is encouraged with the provision of electric vehicle charging stations on site.


The £22.4m development is due to be completed by Spring 2023.


Allan Callaghan, Managing Director of Cruden Building East said: 

“We are delighted to begin the construction of the Rowanbank Gardens project on behalf of Artisan and to be working on such a transformative development for Scotland’s capital city.


“We share a strong commitment to delivering sustainable developments and Cruden has been working closely with Artisan and 7N Architects on this landmark urban regeneration to ensure that we deliver smart, energy-efficient homes at Rowanbank Gardens which meet the evolving needs of homebuyers.  Crucially, this development will bring significant community benefits, including providing local jobs for local people, to create a more vibrant future.”


Clive Wilding, UK Property Director, Artisan Real Estate Limited said: 

“These are exciting times for Artisan Real Estate in Scotland as we continue to focus our efforts on setting a new benchmark for high quality urban regeneration in sensitive city-centre environments.


“Construction work has started at Rowanbank Gardens, and we are confident that, when completed, these 126 high quality multi-tenure homes with no fossil fuels and generous outdoor spaces will be highly sought after. We are delighted to be working with the contractor, Cruden Building East, 7N Architects and other consultants to deliver these sustainable homes.”


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