GRAHAM starts construction on low-carbon Burnet Point

Burnet Point is the first-ever mixed-use residential development of its kind by student accommodation provider Unite Students.

GRAHAM breaks ground at Unite Students' Build to Rent, affordable housing and PBSA development Burnet Point in Edinburgh | BTR News
GRAHAM breaks ground at Unite Students' Build to Rent, affordable housing and PBSA development Burnet Point in Edinburgh.

Following Unite Students announcement that it will deliver a new mixed-use scheme, contractor GRAHAM has now started construction on the £59m low-carbon development in Edinburgh which combines Build to Rent, affordable homes and purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA).

The Burnet Point scheme on Abbey Lane will deliver 66 one-, two- and three-bedroom Build to Rent apartments, including 17 affordable units managed by Hillcrest Homes. The scheme will also include PBSA.

“This is the company’s first combined development of PBSA, Build to Rent and affordable housing. We look forward to contributing positively to the student and private rental market in Edinburgh to help address the supply-demand imbalance in the city. This development reflects Unite Students’ ongoing commitment to provide high-standard, affordable student accommodation in locations where demand is greatest. We are excited to build our lowest carbon new-build property to date in our portfolio. The development will also contribute to the regeneration of the local area, which has seen significant investment in recent years. We are working closely with the community and later this year will offer a dedicated space for use by a local charity which is aligned with our purpose of creating a Home for Success.”

Tom Brewerton, Group Development Director, Unite Students

The pioneering development will use low-carbon concrete and timber composite, an environmentally friendly alternative to natural wood. Carbon lifecycle assessments show Burnet Point will be Unite Students’ lowest-carbon new-build scheme.

“This is an exciting project, and a fantastic example of true tenure blind community of a variety of housing and tenure types. These low-carbon homes will also contribute greatly towards achieving lower emissions and energy bills for tenants.”

David Milton, Head of Development, Hillcrest

Burnet Point is scheduled to be completed in September next year, ready for the 2025/26 academic term for the student residents. This new and unique scheme further extends Unite Students’ Build to Rent pilot, which began in 2022 when it acquired 180 Stratford in Stratford, London.

“Burnet Point is a unique project which prioritises sustainable construction. The demand for student accommodation continues to grow and the Build to Rent market remains buoyant, giving us a strong pipeline of projects in the coming years.”

Gary Holmes, Regional Managing Director, GRAHAM Building North

GRAHAM has extensive experience of major Build to Rent and PBSA schemes, including Solasta Riverside in Glasgow and Bonnington Road in Edinburgh, where the contractor is currently on-site.