Secured by Design member company Walker Profiles have been collaborating on the £5 million development of 47 affordable homes built into the fabric of Edinburgh’s historic Edmonstone walled garden.
The new development has secured the future of the historic wall and it will remain for years to come as an acknowledgement of the site’s rich history. The quality of the development has already attracted attention, securing a Secured by Design Gold Award from Police Scotland.
The development has 16 cottage flats and 31 houses made up of one, two and three-bedroom properties.
Walker Profiles was selected to manufacture and supply the windows, installing 483 Secured by Design accredited Spectus Elite 70 tilt and turn and casement windows. The windows were manufactured in anthracite grey on white, to create an aluminium-like appearance on the exterior with an understated neutral interior.
One of the main challenges was to ensure the windows fitted perfectly into the historic wall structure. To achieve this, the Walker Profiles’ team worked with the building contractor to ensure the existing wall apertures were cut to fit the windows precisely.
David MacGregor, Walker Profiles, said: “This was a superb project to be involved in and we enjoyed being part of the sympathetic restoration of such a historic property.”
SBD National Manager Kenny McHugh said: “Walker Profiles are long standing Secured by Design members and I am delighted that they were selected to bring their expertise to the restoration of this historic property.”
You can find out more about Walker Profiles and their range of SBD accredited products here: https://www.securedbydesign.com/member-companies/sbd-members?view=companydetail&account=0011i00000JpvmsAAB
SBD is part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI), a police owned organisation that works on behalf of the Police Service to deliver a wide range of crime prevention and demand reduction initiatives across the UK. PCPI is a not-for-profit organisation and Board Members include senior police officers from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who control and direct the work PCPI carries out on behalf of the Police Service.
SBD plays a significant crime prevention role in the planning process to design out crime in a wide range of building sectors. It has achieved some significant success including one million homes built to SBD standards with reductions in crime of up to 87%.
SBD have many partner organisations, ranging from the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and the Police Service through to local authorities, housing associations, developers and manufacturers and work closely with standards and certification bodies to ensure that their publicly available standards actually meet the needs of the police and public alike.
Products must be subject to rigorous testing and additionally be fully certificated by an independent, third-party certification body accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) before being allowed to carry the SBD logo – this is the only way for companies to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK.
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Rebecca Morpeth Spayne,
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