PLATFORM_ is planning to bring its next Build-to-Rent development to Edinburgh. We’re working to transform a former industrial site to create a new, permanent residential community in the heart of the city.

The proposals have now been submitted (REF: 20/01932/FUL) to the City of Edinburgh Council. 

 

 

ABOUT US

We are an innovative developer in the UK’s growing Build-to-Rent (BTR) sector. Since launching in 2016, we have grown to own and operate five town-centre developments, in locations where we are the first active Build-to-Rent operator. We have also achieved planning consent for a further 1,000 units in Sheffield, Cardiff and Glasgow.

At PLATFORM_ we maintain a long-term interest in each development after construction. Every PLATFORM_ development is managed and operated by us after construction, making it crucial that we maintain the value of our developments. We do this by investing in quality – in both design and management. Our developments are stylish and each has a concierge on site. We aim to create quality, sustainable and responsibly-managed developments that keep their value and contribute positively to the vibrancy and quality of the local area.

PLATFORM_ developments are not aimed at the student market, but instead seek to create permanent communities by building a high-quality environment for people to make the most of urban, city living. Our residents sleep in their apartment, but live in the whole building, with all the facilities we offer.

We want to be good neighbours. We have a keen focus on helping to enhance the wider environment surrounding our developments so that both our residents and neighbouring communities benefit from our schemes.

 

The design team

To help us deliver the Edinburgh scheme, PLATFORM_ has appointed a design team with a wealth of experience with developments of this type. To find out more information, please click on the logos below:

LOCATION

The Bonnington Road Lane development is located on a large site which includes John Lewis’ former depot. The site is located in the Bonnington area of Edinburgh, approximately 2 miles north of the city-centre. Access is presently taken from Bonnington Road Lane from the west, with frontage to Bonnington Road to the south and Anderson Place to the east. The Water of Leith is immediately to the north. The surrounding area has historically been in industrial and commercial use but is currently undergoing redevelopment and regeneration change.

Public transport in the local area is extensive, with several bus routes along Bonnington Road, Newhaven Road, Ferry Road and Leith Walk. Waverley train station is reachable by bus or on foot (circa 30-minute walk). There are additional proposals to extend Edinburgh’s tram route down Leith Walk in 2022, indeed the “Tram Procurement Team” are working from a building on the site.

Local schools include Broughton Primary School and St Mary’s RC Primary School with high schools at Drummond Community High and Holy Rood RC High.

Accommodation for you

PLATFORM_ focuses on providing accessible Build-to-Rent housing and aims for rents to be affordable to at least 50% of the working population of the city.

Across the UK currently, our developments are currently home to residents with an age range from 19-66 years. 58% of successful applicants across our schemes earned less than £30,000 per annum, and the median salary of a PLATFORM_ resident is £29,510. 12% were classified as key workers including teachers, police officers, and NHS staff.

The average salary in Edinburgh is £32,182 and, in line with this, we aim to provide competitive and affordable homes to meet the needs of those in this salary bracket.

Why Build-to-Rent?

Build-to-Rent (BTR) is a relatively recent model for new residential buildings in the UK, where all the properties are built for rent, not sale. As all of our units are available to rent, this means less are used as second homes or remain unoccupied, and in turn more homes are available for people to rent. BTR buildings are actively managed by one owner with a vested interest in maintaining high quality buildings, tailored services, efficient maintenance for the residents who live in them.

This type of development offers people flexibility and meets a wide range of housing needs, allowing people to easily move from one size of apartment to another as their requirements of living change, without having to relocate to a new building. We also offer leases up to 3 years in length, meaning residents can settle in for the long-term.

• Our development will ensure residents have people on-hand to deal with maintenance, deliveries, and security issues. There will be cared-for shared spaces within the development such as lounges and roof terraces, which will help create a genuine sense of community.

• Demand for this type of housing is high, particularly in a city locations, and helps support city-centre amenities such as shops and restaurants.

Timeline

FAQ

 

What is a Build-to-Rent development?

Build-to-Rent (BTR) is a relatively recent model for new residential buildings in the UK, where all the properties are built for rent, not sale. As all our units are available to rent, this means less are used as second homes or remain unoccupied, and in turn more homes are available for people to rent. BTR buildings are actively managed by one owner with a vested interest in maintaining high quality buildings, tailored services, efficient maintenance for the residents who live in them.

This type of development offers people flexibility and meets a wide range of housing needs, allowing people to easily move from one size of apartment to another as their requirements of living change, without having to relocate to a new building. We also offer leases up to 3 years in length, meaning residents can settle in for the long-term.

Who Are Our Residents?

Across the UK currently, our developments are home to residents with an age range from 19-66 years. Nearly 60% of successful applicants across our schemes earned less than £30,000 per annum, and the median salary of a PLATFORM_ resident is £29,510.12% were classified as key workers, including teachers, police officers, and NHS staff. The average salary in Edinburgh is £32,182 (Office for National Statistics).

What will the commercial space be like?

To help create a vibrant atmosphere within the development, the proposals include retail and employment space at ground level. This will be made accessible to residents, start-up companies, and other workers. Detailed plans for ground floor use are still being developed.

Where else does PLATFORM_ operate?

PLATFORM_ owns and operates five town-centre developments where they are the first Build-to-Rent operator in each. These locations are Bedford, Bracknell, Crawley, Exeter and Stevenage. Under a second phase of expansion across the UK, PLATFORM_ has secured three new planning consents in Sheffield, Cardiff, and Glasgow – together these three sites will deliver in excess of a further 1,000 units.

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