ClientPlaces for People
ClientPlaces for People
The way forward
Working with our client, Places for People, we’ve helped transform a decades-old derelict site into a vibrant and desirable community.
Harvesters Way provides quality housing that people can afford, creates a clear sense of place, and promotes healthy living.
Its 183 high-spec apartments and family houses have been designed for sustainability and affordability and are accompanied by beautiful public spaces alongside quick connections to Edinburgh City centre.
The Harvesters Way site had been derelict for nearly twenty years with the local community campaigning for it to be regenerated and re-developed.
Our task for this project was to transform this long-neglected brownfield site into a place that people would be proud to call home. This meant investing in the needs of local people, the transport links into Edinburgh, and how to deliver high quality, modern and environmentally friendly homes without the luxury price tag.
According to the judges of the 2018 Homes for Scotland Awards, the Harvesters Way development is “an excellent large-scale example of urban regeneration”. The scheme provides 183 modern, high-quality homes for local families, along with beautiful communal spaces where children can play safely, a district heating system that reduces fuel bills and carbon emissions, and great connections to the city centre combining public transport with pedestrian and cycle routes. A perfect combination of urban design and expert placemaking.
Building quality housing at a price that people can afford is an important step in the Council’s bid to tackle poverty and to give every child the best start in life. It is fantastic that this derelict site will be transformed in such a positive wayCouncillor Ricky Henderson Health, Social Care and Housing Convener, City of Edinburgh Council
The third phase of a large regeneration site, this was a well-designed project with excellent connectivity, a strong sense of place and a well-executed modern design. The scheme was environmentally and socially sustainable (boasting a district heating scheme to reduce fuel bills and carbon emissions and a mix of tenures – social rent, mid-market rent and homes for sale (a third of each). This was an excellent large-scale example of urban regeneration with good placemaking and urban design.Judges Homes for Scotland Awards 2018
We don’t design for awards; we design for people. But once in a while, it’s nice to take stock of external measures of success.
Finalist – Best Regeneration Project
Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland (CIHS) Awards
Winner – Excellence in Development for Affordable Housing Award
Homes for Scotland Awards
Commended – Affordable Housing Development of the Year (high density urban)
Scottish Home Awards
Winner – Affordable Housing Development of the Year (Private Sale)