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22 March 2022

A Glasgow-based developer has purchased a former furniture warehouse in Canonmills, Edinburgh, with plans to turn it into 48 apartments and 12 affordable apartments.

Kelvin Properties has become known for transforming redundant buildings and urban brownfield sites into residential communities. It identified the site last year as the location for its first project in the capital.

A planning application was submitted to Edinburgh City Council in October, achieving permission in December – meaning the project will now go ahead, subject to finalising a legal agreement for the delivery of the affordable housing.

The site at 67 Logie Green Road was formerly used by charity Four Square for its Edinburgh Furniture Initiative (EFI).

The EFI will now move to premises in the west of the city, with Four Square using proceeds generated from the sale to fund new hostel accommodation for homeless people in Edinburgh.

Kelvin’s proposals tie in with objectives set out in the City of Edinburgh Council’s 2030 plan, published in September last year, which prioritised the regeneration of urban brownfield sites to tackle a shortage of housing.

The new properties will include external green amenity spaces on a raised deck, along with balconies and roof terraces. A fifth of the homes are larger three-bedroom properties suitable for families

It will have sustainability credentials too, with limited car parking to encourage alternative transport use, as well as secure bike storage and electric vehicle charging points. The six-storey building will also feature solar panels on the roof to help power the property, as well as blue roofs, rain gardens and permeable paving.

Work at the site is expected to begin this summer.

Marc Taylor, director at Kelvin Properties, said: “Our first project in Edinburgh signals the start of a very exciting period for Kelvin Properties, and we see a huge amount of potential in the city beginning with the Logie Green Road project.

“This move into Edinburgh has been a long time in the planning, and we put a great deal of effort and resource into identifying the right site for our first development in the capital.

“It’s part of a strategic move for the business to widen our scope across the central belt.”

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