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Edinburgh council asked to ratify Willmott Dixon's £24m contract

25 Oct 16 Willmott Dixon has been selected for a £24m contract to redevelop the Pennywell/ Muirhouse Civic Centre for Edinburgh City Council.

Artist’s impression of the scheme
Artist’s impression of the scheme

Willmott Dixon is already building homes for the council in Pennywell. The council is set to ratify a decision this week to retain the contractor through the Scape framework for the civic centre redevelopment as well

A report going before all councillors on Thursday 27th October outlines the proposals which are anticipated to bring around 160 energy efficient affordable homes, 13 retail units, new office space for local services and a new quality civic square and public realm, linking this centre with the wider area.

“The principle benefit to the council of using the Scape framework is immediate access to a pre-procured single contractor who is successfully delivering affordable homes and community benefits at the 21st Century Homes Pennywell development” says the report.

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The redevelopment of the civic centre will complete the regeneration of this area, consolidating public and private investment made to date in the 21st Century Homes development of more than 700 new homes and the delivery of an NHS led partnership centre next to the new Craigroyston Community High School.

The civic centre redevelopment contract will be delivered in phases over an estimated three to four year period.

Councillor Cammy Day, the housing convener, said: “The Pennywell development is Scotland’s largest housing-led regeneration scheme which captures what we’re aiming for across the city - a range of affordable, energy efficient homes that are completed to the highest standard. We know there is a strong desire within the Pennywell and Muirhouse community to see the area transformed into a new ‘civic heart’ for the existing, new and emerging population. These proposals for a new local centre and community hub will make the area an attractive place where people wish to live, work and play and will serve future generations.”

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