Moda’s Edinburgh residential development healthiest in Europe

Moda’s new Edinburgh BTR development attains Fitwel 3 Star Rating, the first residential development to receive the certification in Europe.

Moda Edinburgh Build to Rent scheme accredited by Fitwel as healthiest in Europe | BTR News
Moda Edinburgh Build to Rent scheme.

Moda – with joint venture partner Apache Capital Partners – announces it has achieved Fitwel® 3-star certification for its upcoming Edinburgh Build to Rent development, due to open its doors at the end of this year. The residential development is the first to receive this prestigious certification in Europe.

“At Moda we’re committed to making healthy living achievable for even the most ‘time poor’ residents. We’re thrilled to be the first, and only, residential development in Europe to achieve a Fitwel 3-star rating, meaning the residents moving into our urban village in Edinburgh this year will live in a community that has been carefully designed to foster their health and wellbeing.”

Lydia Eustace, Marketing Director and Head of Wellbeing, Moda

Fitwel™ is the world’s leading certification system committed to building health for all. By making wellbeing intrinsic to the design and operation of the building, Moda Edinburgh has attained a top score, making it the only residential development in Europe to be awarded the highly sought-after certification. This achievement demonstrates Moda’s commitment to advancing their residents wellbeing by implementing health-aware design and operational strategies.

“Moda Edinburgh’s impressive 3 Star Fitwel Certification demonstrates its commitment to being a leader in the healthy building movement. Moda Edinburgh is a model for the future of healthy living and we commend the team for creating an environment that prioritizes both mental and physical health and wellbeing.”

Joanna Frank, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Active Design, which operates and maintains the Fitwel standard
Evening view of Moda Edinburgh which has been accredited by Fitwel as the healthiest in Europe | BTR News
Evening view of Moda Edinburgh Build to Rent development.

Moda Edinburgh is the operators third site to be awarded a Fitwel certification. All Moda sites are lifestyle driven, built with wellbeing at their core and feature state-of-the-art amenities to promote healthy social living among residents. 

Moda’s Edinburgh development, which is being funded by a joint venture between Apache Capital, Harrison Street and NFU Mutual, includes top-tier amenities, innovations and service offerings that are recognised by Fitwel as an essential service to improving residents’ health and wellbeing.  

“We’re proud to announce the new Moda Edinburgh development is the first residential building in Europe to be awarded a 3-star Fitwel rating. This certification is representative of Moda and Harrison Street’s commitment to creating people-first developments with wellbeing at the core. We’re looking forward to completion later this year when the residents can experience the benefits of living in a building that is Fitwel certified.”

Ben Chittick, Director of Asset Management, Harrison Street

The property will feature 476 rental apartments with access to 45,000 sq ft of amenity space – including a residents’-only gym, indoor and outdoor fitness classes, landscaped gardens and terraces, personal trainers, and specialist nutrition and wellbeing experts on demand. The development will also feature 9,000 sq ft of flexible co-working spaces, a roof terrace and cycle storage and maintenance. 

Residents’ healthy sleeping is also a priority for Moda. Pocket sprung mattresses made from 100% natural materials are in every apartment, and noise cancelling walls, five decibels above current building regulations, will provide peace and quiet. 

The development was also designed with mental wellbeing in mind. Moda has partnered with MYNDUP, a tech-based support system that provides instant access to fully certified mental health professionals. From wellbeing workshops to cinema screenings, educational talks to yoga classes, Moda’s calendar of events brings residents together and inspire genuine human connection that’s intrinsic to human wellbeing.

“We are proud to be helping deliver Moda Edinburgh, a development with wellbeing at its core. The Fitwel 3-rating achieved for Moda Edinburgh is a reflection of the hard work the teams have put into the design and operational strategy to create somewhere that truly supports personal health and wellbeing. Post-pandemic, we expect mental and physical health and wellbeing to be not only a key concern for our potential customers but also a core part of investors’ ESG considerations.”

John Dunkerley, Co-founder and CEO, Apache Capital Partners