Cruden lined up for job on £1.3bn Edinburgh waterfront scheme

Scottish contractor Cruden Group has been named as the preferred bidder for the next phase of work on a £1.3bn waterfront regeneration scheme in Edinburgh, envisioned as a new coastal township.

The firm will work on the £190m-value phase, which will include the design of the next 750 homes out of a total of 3,500. Construction of a medical centre, a new school, transport infrastructure and public realm also form part of the plans.

The contractor will work with City of Edinburgh Council to find a low-carbon energy solution for the homes in the first phase, as well as in future phases.

Scottish Labour councillor Cammy Day described the project as the “largest of its kind” in Scotland.

He said it was a unique opportunity for the city to transition towards a greener economy, alongside the benefits of affordable housing and proximity to the city centre.

Cruden Group director Fraser Lynes said the new approach to building a well-connected, sustainable scheme by a coast was “transformational” and could serve as a blueprint for future projects.

Work on the coastal project has been under way for a couple of years. In 2020, another Scottish contractor, CCG, was chosen to build the first 450 homes.

The brownfield site at Granton Waterfront is one of seven in a wider regeneration deal called the South East Scotland City Region Deal. The local authorities and the Scottish government are investing in Northern Edinburgh as it is one of the most deprived regions in the country.

Cruden Group operates as a contractor, as well as a developer, and recently consolidated its regional housebuilding arms into a singular and centralised business.

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