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Edinburgh gives go-ahead of massive sustainable regeneration project

It will support the city’s aims of becoming zero carbon by 2030

  • June 10, 2020 11:30
  • Author Anton Stoyanov
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Source: Edinburgh City Council

The Scottish capital of Edinburgh is moving ahead with one of its largest projects to date – namely the sustainable regeneration of Granton Waterfront. The entirety of the project is worth some 1.3 billion pounds and will lead the way towards a sustainable revolution in the city which aims to become zero carbon by 2030.

The first phase of the massive project, which was given the green light just last week, involves the creation of a total of 450 new high-quality affordable homes in the area that are all sustainable and environmentally friendly. Furthermore, already existing infrastructure in the area will also be refurbished and renovated – like the Granton Station which will be transformed into a modern business space.

Working to the benefit of all citizens of Edinburgh

Upon completion of the project, and taking into account the wider proposals, the Granton Waterfront will become one of Europe’s largest coastal city parks. Spanning from Granton Harbour to Lauriston Castle and Cramond, it will link the city to the waterfront, thereby creating a unique experience for locals and visitors alike.

Once it is completed in its entirety, the project will have created some 3500 homes, 35% of which will be made affordable by the City Council, a new school, medical centre, a creative and commercial space, as well as new walking and cycling routes on top of the new connection to public transport. Through these developments, made in an environmentally friendly manner and with climate always in mind, the Granton Waterfront project will truly bring Edinburgh closer to achieving its ambitious goals of becoming zero carbon by 2030.

The leader of the Edinburgh City Council Adam McVey stated that “As we start the recovery from this pandemic this development is a fantastic start to building the homes our residents need. Our waterfront development significantly contributes towards our shared goal of a better and more sustainable Edinburgh together so it’s great news that the first phase of this vibrant new neighbourhood for Edinburgh is now going ahead.

We’re absolutely committed to reaching our target to build 20,000 affordable homes in the city as well as investing £2bn in new Council homes over the next decade. We’re also committed to becoming a net-zero carbon city by 2030 and Granton Waterfront will contribute greatly to all of these goals.”



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