Posted on 20 May 2009
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon, has named PARC Craigmillar as one of 11 low-carbon communities of the future in Scotland.
PARC, the company spearheading the regeneration of Craigmillar, is the only project in Edinburgh to be selected to further the objectives of the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative (SSCI). The SSCI encourages inspirational developments which will serve as exemplars of the highest quality.
John Quinn, general manager at PARC, said: “This is an excellent endorsement of the quality of the regeneration project in Craigmillar. We are committed to creating a sustainable community for the future, employing innovative design and technology solutions, and are working closely with local people in Craigmillar to achieve this.”
Councillor Gordon Mackenzie, Chair of PARC added: "We are committed to building strong, safe, sustainable communities in Edinburgh. PARC is creating one such community and thanks to this support, plans to make the area even more sustainable will be realised. It's an exciting time for the area and we look forward to working with the Government to build a community of the future."
The projects were revealed at the opening of an exhibition in The Lighthouse, Glasgow, hosted jointly by the Scottish Government and SUST: Sustainability in Architecture on Wednesday 20 May.
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Notes to Editors: PARC
) is a joint venture company which brings developers The EDI Group and The City of Edinburgh Council together with groups and representatives from the local Craigmillar community.
PARC is spearheading the regeneration of Craigmillar, involving a total investment of around £200 million. For Craigmillar, PARC wants to achieve:
• Quality, affordable new homes promoted and sold under the ParcLife name.
• New primary schools - including a joint primary schools campus at The Square.
• A new community high school and library located in the town centre.
• A new, revitalised town centre providing some 300,000 sq ft of space for commercial and retail development.
• A network of public parks bringing together 150 acres of green space.
• More local job and career opportunities.
• Improved learning and leisure facilities for young people.
• Better transport linkages and traffic calming measures.
For further information on ParcLife, please call 0845 220 5000 or visit www.parclife.co.uk.