A vacant commercial site on Craighall Road in Edinburgh is to be transformed into a mixed use development, comprising a neighbourhood supermarket, children’s nursery and residential apartments.
The 14,000sq ft site at 83 Craighall Road will be given a £2 million overhaul by expanding property firm West Coast Estates, which has already struck a deal with Sainsbury’s, with which it has worked previously, to become the retail operator.
The development will provide West Coast Estates, which is currently active in Aberdeen and the central belt, with its first foothold in the city.
Director Iftikar Mian said: “We are delighted to be starting work on the Craighall Road site after successfully obtaining planning consent for the development. We believe the plans will enhance the area by bringing valuable amenities and additional residential provision. The work will revitalise a property that has sat empty for five years and is in need of investment. We look forward to breathing new life into the site.”
The property has most recently been used as a car showroom and workshop with adjoining licensed premises, but West Coast Estates has secured planning consent for the remodelling of the site and is moving forward with preparatory work.
A nursery operator is being sought to operate from the site and the residential units will be made available for sale or lease upon completion.
Mian added: “Mixed-use developments are at the heart of the West Coast Estates strategy, which places great emphasis on reinvigorating neighbourhoods. The community benefits extend beyond providing additional services, in this case retail and childcare, by supporting job creation. The economic and social advantages go hand in hand.
“We view Craighall Road as a significant milestone for West Coast Estates as we broaden our reach. West Coast Estates is in an enviable position as a cash-positive business, enabling us to react quickly to development opportunities as they arise. Our growing portfolio is supported by an ongoing development pipeline totalling £10m across the industrial and retails sectors, underlining our commitment to the Scottish market.”
Sainsbury’s spokesperson Angharad Lynch said: “We are very much looking forward to opening a Sainsbury’s Local. It will bring more convenient shopping to the doorsteps of local people, while creating around 20-25 jobs which will predominantly go to local people and supporting a local charity. We look forward to welcoming customers to our new store.”