Esh Border Construction has won a £1.5m tender to transform a dilapidated Edinburgh care home into much-needed social housing.

15th May 2017

The Livingston-based company will internally reconfigure St Stephen’s Court in Calder Gardens to provide 29 one-bedroom properties for Edinburgh City Council. The local authority says that the building – which has lain derelict for five years – will be refurbished “to provide an asset that meets current housing needs and demands.”

Esh Border Construction expects to start on-site this week with a projected completion date of December. It will improve the energy efficiency of the building through increased insulation, double glazing, along with more efficient heating systems.

The company – which recently achieved an Investors in Young People silver accreditation – is part of the City of Edinburgh Housing Asset Management Framework, providing general fabric repair work across the council’s extensive housing stock of some 19,800 homes. The new win serves to further strengthen Esh Border Construction’s reputation as a solid Scottish social housing developer and contractor following the announcement of a raft of new multi-million pound framework partnerships. The Livingston-based company has built on its social housing successes by signing up with Link Group, Kingdom Housing Association, Hillcrest Housing Association, Places for People, and City of Edinburgh Housing Assessment Management Framework.

Built in 1976, St Stephen’s Court was a purpose-built sheltered housing complex, providing 34 bedsit flats within the Calders Estate. Due to the small size of the flats, previous owners Castle Rock Edinvar had found it increasingly difficult to let them and approached the council to discuss alternative uses for the building. In 2010, the council and its Health, Social Care and Housing Committee agreed to purchase the property for temporary accommodation. However, no plans were taken forward at that point. The local authority then resolved in 2015 to seek “a cost effective and sustainable solution to bringing the building back into use”.

City of Edinburgh Council believes that the completed apartments “will contribute to improving the health, physical security, standards of living and the right to an individual, family or social life for the future tenants.”

Esh Border Construction has significant experience of all forms of procurement and project delivery including joint ventures, framework agreements, and traditional tendering. The company operates within a framework of fully ISO accredited Safety, Quality & Environmental Management Systems, supported by comprehensive internal operating procedures. Esh Border Construction specialises in the delivery of housing for varying needs, and constructs to Silver and Gold building standards for sustainability, including meeting energy and carbon emissions targets, as well as realising water efficiency and flexibility in design.

We are pleased to have won this significant tender, which continues our relationship with City of Edinburgh Council. We’re looking forward to now commencing work on St Stephen’s Court. We expect it to progress quickly, delivering much-needed accommodation in west Edinburgh as the local authority continues to deliver on its housing pledges. We hope that the new apartments will help to improve the area’s social and economic prosperity and attractiveness, while supporting City of Edinburgh Council’s vision of sustainable housing that is fit for the 21st century.

- Regional Managing Director of Esh Border Construction, Simon Phillips

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