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House builder agrees £3m contract to deliver 19 affordable homes

Cala Homes (East) has confirmed an agreement worth £2.995m with a locally-based housing association to deliver much-needed affordable homes at a famous setting.

The developer, which has recently started construction on its Queensferry Heights project on land made available after the Queensferry Crossing’s completion, will partner with Manor Estates Housing Association (MEHA) to deliver 19 homes, comprising 15 mid-market and 4 social rented properties

Comprising 15 apartments and four terraced homes, construction of the affordable homes has been brought forward to meet high demand and to minimise construction-related disruption to the surrounding area.

The high specification homes will be built by Cala before being handed over to MEHA in early 2024 – and will blend seamlessly with the wider development. A further 25 affordable homes, taking the site total to 44, will be delivered later in the build programme.

Derek Lawson, Strategic Land Director at Cala Homes (East), said: “This is an important chapter in this development and we are delighted to have a renowned, locally-based housing association on board.

“There is a distinct shortage of housing, both private and affordable – and we look forward to welcoming families into these homes and benefiting from living at this location.”

Claire Ironside, Chief Executive of MEHA, said, “It is very exciting to be involved in the project and to play our part in providing much needed affordable housing in this area and contributing to the City of Edinburgh’s Strategic Housing Investment Programme (SHIP). It follows our mission to provide excellent quality affordable homes and services that create safe, resilient and inclusive communities.”

Rachel Hutton, Chair of MEHA, said: “We are delighted to be working with Cala Homes and to see 19 new high-quality homes for the Manor Estates Group. We will work together with Cala Homes and CEC to meet our strategic aim by creating communities where people want to live and feel proud of. We are also delighted to secure £1.23 million grant funding, providing homes that are sustainable, environmentally sound and accessible.”

Queensferry Heights will also include designated open spaces and footpath connections to the adjoining countryside, Society Road and adjacent residential area of Springfield.

Manor Estates Housing Association was established in 1995 following the transfer of more than 900 homes in Edinburgh from Scottish Homes. It continues to increase stock numbers while embodying its mission is to provide excellent quality affordable homes and services that create safe, resilient and supportive communities.

It also has a proven record in the local area, providing 71 homes for social rent while serving as property factors to a further 762 households in South Queensferry.

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Notes to Editor – Cala Group (Cala Homes and Legal & General Homes) · Cala Group is a major UK home builder focused on building well-designed, high quality homes in prime locations throughout the South of England, the Cotswolds and Scotland. · Cala started as the City of Aberdeen Land Association in 1875 and was the first Scottish company listed on the London Stock Market. · Today, Cala Group is a subsidiary of Legal & General and comprises the Cala Homes and Legal & General Homes brands. · Cala Group employs over 1,200 people across 9 offices and has around 75 live developments at any time. · Cala was awarded the maximum 5 Star rating in the Home Builders Federation’s National New Homes Customer Satisfaction Survey 2022*, for the fifth year running. The independent survey found that 95% of our customers would recommend Cala to a friend. · In 2021 Cala Group sold 2,094 homes, resulting in a turnover of £1.24bn and profit before tax (before exceptional items and revaluations) of £132m. · Cala is proud have Samaritans as its national charity partner. Cala’s support will help to ensure that Samaritans can continue to be there for anyone who is struggling to cope. In turn, Samaritans provides training to help equip Cala’s staff – as well as employees of its subcontractors – with the skills to take care of their own wellbeing and that of their colleagues. · Cala has made a commitment to help fight the effects of climate change on the planet by: · Building homes that are operationally net zero carbon enabled before 2030. · Reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Scottish Government’s 2045 target and ahead of UK Government’s 2050 target. For further information visit or

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