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Lord Provost opens new Edinburgh housing project

AN award-winning city housing development was officially opened today (Tuesday, November 28, 2006) by Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, the Rt. Hon. Lesley Hinds.

The £1.9 million Telford March project has provided 20 new homes for rent off Telford Drive in Edinburgh.

It was developed by Manor Estates Housing Association, with more than £1.2 million in grant aid from the city council.

Last month the development won a silver award for the architects in the best affordable housing category of the Roses Awards, run to celebrate design excellence outside London. The project has also been honoured by the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

The Lord Provost said: “This development provides much-needed affordable rental accommodation for people in this city, while transforming a vacant site. I’m delighted to officially open the development and hope all the families living here will be very happy in their new homes.”

Her enthusiasm was echoed by some of the people who have moved into the new development.

Karen Turnbull (39) lives in a ground floor flat with her stepfather, Andrew Cox (80). She said: “My stepdad needs a wheelchair to get about, so having a ground floor flat is excellent; previously we were in a first floor flat in Pilton. “I love living here. The flat is lovely. It’s nice and warm and well-designed. It’s also really quiet. I’m really pleased with the development.”

Neighbour Brian Wrisberg (63) agreed. “I think this place is brilliant,” he said. “I’ve no faults with the house. I love our open plan kitchen and the lovely view we have from our livingroom.”

Bill McBeath, the chairman of Manor Estates Housing Association, said a range of people had moved into the new homes. “We have young people embarking on their first tenancy, as well as older people living here.

“The flats feature ‘winter gardens’ little sun spaces which project out of the main parts of the buildings – to attract heat and light and allow residents to get good views of the landscaped street.”

He added: “The high quality of the design has already won awards for the architects and we’re delighted that these impressive homes have proved to be so popular with tenants.”

Mr McBeath added that the project showcased real partnership working. The scheme was project managed by Dunedin Canmore Housing Association, which works with Manor Estates as part of the Rowan Group – an informal group of housing associations operating in partnership across Edinburgh.

Gordon Murray of Glasgow-based Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop Architects, said his firm was delighted to win awards for the Telford March development.

He said: “The design has a northern European feel and warm, simply detailed brickwork is complimented with western red cedar boarding and timber windows. Their designs create shared terraced gardens for residents at first floor level and interesting internal spaces.”

1. There are 20 flats in the development:
-14 x 3 person, two bedroom flats
-6 x 4 person, two bedroom flats
(Including 2 ground floor flats specially designed for wheelchair users)

2. The total cost of the project was £1,891,641. Funding came from the City of Edinburgh Council £1,256,975; and other finance, £634,667

3. The project was managed by Dunedin Canmore Housing Association, as part of the Rowan Group, on behalf of Manor Estates. The project team were:

Contractor: J Smart (Contractors) Plc (Design and Build contract), Edinburgh
Architects: Gordon Murray & Alan Dunlop Architects, Glasgow Employer’s Agent: David Adamson Chartered Surveyors, Edinburgh
Engineers: W A Fairhurst & Partners, Edinburgh
Clerk of Works: Alex Pollock Clerk of Works Services, Edinburgh

on behalf of Manor Estates Housing Association
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Lynn McDonald
Manor Estates Housing Association
Tel: 0131 337 3222