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Edinburgh World Heritage/Projects/Basil Spence Canongate Housing project receives funding boost

Basil Spence Canongate Housing project receives funding boost

16th November 2018

Edinburgh World Heritage

Important progress has been made since our last update!

We are delighted to announce that the Canongate Housing Energy Efficiency & Conservation Project has been awarded a £330,256 grant from the Scottish Power Networks Green Economy Fund and we would like to address a huge thank you to them for their crucial support. This funding will make a significant difference for the project by providing the match funding we needed to secure and therefore help us install emblematic energy efficiency measures.

Molly, Engagement & Monitoring Officer, and Yann, Project Manager, receiving the grant award at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum on Tuesday 13th November 2018

With the owners and the design team led by John Gilbert Architects at one of the regular meetings on Thursday 15th November 2018

The design has progressed to the technical design stage and a key milestone has been reached, namely the submission earlier this month of the planning application. Another set of surveys and investigations has been carried out to help understand the building condition and inform the design strategy. This includes, amongst others, a borescope survey (which involves a tiny camera on the end of a flexible tube), an acoustic survey and an asbestos survey.

Ongoing boroscope survey of the cavity wall

Screenshot of the cavity during the survey

One of the project’s objectives is to share and disseminate its methodology and learnings. Therefore, the project features in the Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) website as a case study.

In October, Molly and Yann presented the project and the learnings gained so far at the ClimateXChange Energy Efficient Scotland workshop “Energy Efficient Scotland pilots: experiences and lessons from Phase 1 and 2” organised by the University of Edinburgh. The event was an opportunity to showcase some of Phases 1 and 2 pilot projects and invite Government, Local Authorities and delivery partners to share lessons and experiences from these. The project is partly funded by the Scottish Government via its Energy Efficient Scotland (EES) Phase 2 programme, previously known as Scotland Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) Phase 2, thanks to a partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council.

Molly and Yann presenting the project at the ClimateXChange Energy Efficient Scotland workshop (© ClimateXChange)