Unite Students builds Burnet Point mixed-use scheme

Not only will Burnet Point provide a unique offering to the market, but it will also be Unite's lowest carbon development to date.

Unite Students will combine Build to Rent, student living and affordable homes at Burnet Point - its mixed-use residential development in Edinburgh | BTR News
Unite Students will combine Build to Rent, student living and affordable homes at Burnet Point - its mixed-use residential development in Edinburgh.

Student accommodation provider Unite Students is building a first-of-its kind development in Edinburgh – Burnet Point – that will merge Build to Rent, affordable apartments and student living. The development is the first of its kind in the company’s 70,000-bed portfolio.

The mixed-use residential scheme will deliver 401-homes – a mix of 49 Build to Rent, 17 affordable and 298 student apartments. The affordable homes will be provided through housing association, Hillcrest Homes.

The Burnet Point development is set to be completed in September next year, ready for the start of the 2025/26 academic year. 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.

“This is the company’s first combined development of purpose-built student accommodation, 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

With a total development cost of £59m, the Burnet Point development will also be Unite Students’ lowest carbon new-build, and will use low-carbon concrete and timber composite – an environmentally friendly alternative to natural wood.

Its life cycle assessment is currently 702 kgCO2e/m2 (carbon emission equivalent per square metre), the lowest in the Group’s new-build portfolio.

As part of the Burnet Point development, Unite Students will provide a dedicated community space. It will work with local charities and community groups to find a partner over the next few months.