WHAT’S being described as ‘an ambitious new blueprint for sustainable development’ is being promoted by a developer of a housing scheme in Edinburgh (hopefully two, if planning permission is secured for the second).
Says Artisan Real Estate, it has produced a ‘smart, energy-efficient building design [that] has been matched with an innovative approach to placemaking and community, introducing such creative concepts as green roofs, ‘edible’ gardens and green transport plans to sensitive city centre environments”.
Artisan is currently on site in Canonmills and is applying for planning permission for another development in Corstorphine.
Says an announcement issued today: “Linking closely with The City of Edinburgh Council’s ‘Future Edinburgh’ strategy, which aims to make the city carbon neutral within the next ten years, Artisan is now applying its radical design philosophy to two major developments in the city – Canonmills Garden to the north of the city centre and the recently-acquired Rowanbank Gardens in the popular Corstorphine area and currently subject to a planning application.”
The Canonmills development – says Artisan – is pioneering the integration of low and zero carbon-generating technology.
“This includes a combined heat and power system helping to support building energy loads whilst charging electric vehicles, reducing both building and transport CO2 emissions.
“This strategy, combined with well-designed green roof spaces and climate-responsive building facades, helps improve and enhance environmental integration, natural light provision and the quality of indoor and outdoor air.”
The announcement continues: “Similar development principles have been applied to the major planning application for 126 new homes at Artisan’s Rowanbank Gardens.
“The former care home site in Corstorphine is set to answer the council’s requirement for well-designed, high-density living whilst providing spacious communal areas and well-established public transport links ensuring low car ownership.
“The development is designed around a central courtyard garden providing nearly twice the level of open space recommended by council planning policy, filled with fruit trees and communal planting and growing beds.
“Apartments are designed for open plan living with large windows giving views of the courtyard and the wider area, while green roofs ensure benefits of surface water retention, insulation and ecology. “
Pictured: Rowanbank Gardens proposal, courtesy of Artisan Real Estate.