New affordable housing has become available next to one of Edinburgh’s iconic landmarks


59 affordable homes have been built beside Edinburgh’s iconic Craigentinny House.

A new development has provided 59 homes that are designed to be energy efficient and have police approved security measures for potential tenants.

Property company Hillcrest transformed the derelict former commercial site on Loaning Road in Edinburgh into a development that is spread across three blocks of flats which neighbours Craigentinny House.

The block of flats were completed this month and offers 48 homes for social rent, and 11 for mid-market rent under Hillcrest’s newly launched company, Hillcrest Enterprises.

The flats were completed this month

The flats have been developed with range of layouts, with one, two and three bedroom properties available. The homes also come with the latest energy efficiency measures in order to help tenants keep their bills as low as possible.

Every flat has been fitted with an internal ventilation system with heat recovery, which greatly reduces heat loss from the building, and also helps create a healthier living environment for the occupants.

Situated on the site of a former day centre, the development sits between a neighbouring modern housing development and the iconic Craigentinny House, which was built in 1604.

They sit next door to Craigentinny House

The Loaning Road development has been designed to sit back from the road, so as not to overshadow Craigentinny House, allowing the historical building to retain its prominence on the street.

The new homes have also already won their first accolade, being granted a Secured by Design (SBD) Silver Award by Police Scotland.

Secured by Design is a national police initiative that encourages developers to create housing projects with a view to security, minimising opportunities for anti-social behaviour and crime.

To achieve the Silver Award, the landscape and layout of the development was created with crime prevention in mind, along with implementing physical security measures such as SBD approved doors, locks and windows.