Sigma Capital to deliver 185 SFH Build to Rent homes

A major partnership between several big developers is set to deliver The Crossings mixed-tenure development to South Queensferry.

A ceremony was held by the developers involved in the delivery of 400-homes in The Crossings development in South Queensferry, and was attended by City of Edinburgh Council Housing Convenor Councillor Jane Meagher | BTR News
A ceremony was held by the developers involved in the delivery of 400-homes in The Crossings development in South Queensferry, and was attended by City of Edinburgh Council Housing Convenor Councillor Jane Meagher.

A sod cutting ceremony that took place on Scottish Housing Day has been held to mark the beginning of the delivery of 100 new social homes for Sanctuary Scotland. The properties are part of Lovell Partnerships’ The Crossings at Bridgewater Village development, which will bring around 400 homes to the area.  

The Crossings will contain 398 homes and 14 commercial units, delivered in a partnership between Lovell Partnerships, Sanctuary Scotland, Sigma Capital, the Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh Council.

Sigma Capital specialise in providing single-family Build to Rent, with 185 of the properties for the company being included within the delivery.

The commemorative day, which this year focussed on housing as a career, was attended by City of Edinburgh Council Housing Convenor Councillor Jane Meagher.  

“We are particularly proud to be working with Sanctuary Scotland to provide social housing at this development, which will go towards achieving the Scottish Government’s target of building 110,000 affordable homes by 2032. With views of the historic Forth bridges and great access to amenities, this development is certain to be one of Edinburgh’s most desirable neighbourhoods. Today’s sod-cutting ceremony marks the start of this exciting new community, which will become home to many families over the coming years.” 

Sarah Freel, Head of Partnerships, Lovell

Development of the new site is expected to deliver around 200 jobs, directly by Lovell and through the supply chain.

Many of the new roles will be for apprentices, including joiners and bricklayers, with Lovell investing nearly £7m in local business. 

The Crossings is set to boost housing stock in the area, with several impressive views of the historic bridges crossing the Forth.   

“As a leading national housing association, we’re committed to ensuring local people have access to affordable, good-quality homes. The Crossings at Bridgewater Village is an exciting development that will make a real difference, and we’re delighted to be working with our partners to help meet the established need for more affordable homes in the area.”

Gillian Lavety, Development Director for Scotland, Sanctuary

To promote sustainability, the scheme will include active travel infrastructure and measures such as rain gardens and green/blue infrastructure that work with the water cycle to promote the health of the site and proper water management.   

Solar panels and energy efficient boilers will also keep the homes running.

The Crossings will be a 20-minute neighbourhood, so residents will be able to have most of their daily needs met within a short walk or cycle. 

“Today marks Scottish Housing Day and it is important to use this opportunity to reflect on this hugely important sector, not just here in Edinburgh but across the country. It was fantastic to be able to mark the day by attending the ceremony to see the start of construction of one hundred social rented homes here in South Queensferry. This exciting start represents an important step forward in the area’s development and will help to alleviate some of the critical pressures that face the Edinburgh’s housing sector.” 

Jane Meagher, Councillor, Housing, Homelessness and Fair Work Convener