Slateford Green


Award-winning sustainable and car-free living in the West of Edinburgh.

This well recognised project sets early standards in sustainable and car-free design.

Slateford Green comprises 120 mixed tenure flats including flats for sale, for shared ownership, accessible and affordable flats, accommodation for the Edinburgh Deaf Society and a community centre - all contained within a 2-4 storey perimeter block and skirted by a pedestrian street and cycle route.

At a Glance

Location Edinburgh
Client Canmore Housing Association
Contract Value: £6.9m
Status Completed 2000

Place Making

The project is conceived as a development for a mixed and varied continuing community living within a sustainably designed and constructed built environment with a private shared garden courtyard with ponds. The project includes community facilities which are used by residents to run play groups, crèche and children's clubs, and as a meeting place for social events


The development has a central district heating system which enables greatly reduced heating and hot water costs to residents. Reed beds and central ponds filter rainwater run-off and encourage wild-life.

Materials have been sourced for optimal environmental impact; timbers were chosen from home-grown stock.

All areas utilise native, low maintenance species, chosen to encourage habitats for wildlife.

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Urban Response

The proposed design provides a variety of external environmental-friendly features to include; informal play and recreation space,  allotments encouraging wildlife habitat, kindergarten play space. Private gardens provide secure recreation space overlooking the courtyard; the upper courtyard is specifically designed for the use by disabled residents. The lower courtyard steps down to a central play space.

The proposed construction utilizes factory-made engineered timber wall panels and pre-curved elements. The light-weight, dry-fix structure encourages rapid erection, high build quality and reduced costs through pre-fabrication and waste management.

The construction details a super insulated structure with internal duplex skin for a quick response, low energy heating system.

Awards & Citations

Chartered Institute of Housing
Environmental Building of the Year

The Regeneration of Scotland Award 2000
High Commendation

Sustainable Housing Project of the Year 1998

Urban Regeneration Awards Overall Winner 2001

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