The redevelopment of Leith Fort will consist of 94 flats in total, 62 of the flats will be available for mid-market rent and will be in the ownership of Port of Leith Housing Association and 32 units will be retained by City of Edinburgh Council.
The flats have been modelled on the Edinburgh colonies concept and are a mix of one, two, and three bedroom dwellings. A particular feature of this development is that all properties have access to private south west facing gardens.
The development will promote the use of off-site manufactured timber frame construction which minimises the effects of cold bridging, provides greater control over air-tightness and improves overall thermal efficiency.
At completion, the development will achieve Bronze level for sustainability under Section 7 of the Scottish Building Regulations. Measures taken to achieve this standard can be found on the Scottish Building Standards website.
As energy consultants, Carbon Futures are working as part of the project design team from the outset to develop a 'Fabric First' energy strategy for the development.
By adopting a fabric first approach, the building design will maximise the performance of components and materials that make up the building fabric resulting in reduced capital and operational costs, improved energy efficiency and a reduction in carbon emissions.
Additional services provided by Carbon Futures include Design Certification, Building Regulation Compliance and Energy Performance Certification.