‘Unbelievable’ upgrades to capital homes

Published: 30 September 2021

A programme of works to comprehensively upgrade residential properties in Scotland’s capital city is being delivered by GMG Contractors.

The project to improve the homes in Dumbryden Grove, Wester Hailes – valued at between £810,000 and £1,200,000 – was commenced in August 2021 and will run for seven months.

It is the first to be undertaken by GMG for new clients Edinburgh City Council and it will be carried out in partnership with Changeworks, who are Scotland’s leading environmental charity delivering solutions for low-carbon living.

Affecting 10 blocks of houses in Dumbryden Grove, the properties will undergo an “unbelievable transformation” during the course of the works, which will involve roughcasting, external wall insulation, common aerial and satellite upgrades, door entry systems, concrete repairs, roofing and asbestos removal.

Building effective communication channels with residents has been a feature of the project because the blocks are of mixed tenure, which meant formal permissions had to be obtained to allow the refurbishment to go ahead.

Daniel McGinn, spokesman for GMG, said: “The finished product will change the outlook of the development, bringing affordable warmth with a modern finish.

“The condition of the buildings and their surroundings prior the start of the works really stood out, compared to other projects, and this will allow for an unbelievable transformation upon completion.”

Changeworks develop and deliver high-impact solutions to make low-carbon life a positive reality for everyone.

They work with Scottish Government agencies, local authorities, housing associations, businesses, schools, community groups and individuals to:

  • Improve energy efficiency
  • Reduce fuel poverty
  • Prevent waste
  • Inspire low carbon behaviours.




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