West Granton Housing Co-operative Limited (WGHC) was formed in 1990 by residents of the West Granton area of north Edinburgh in order to provide new rented housing in an area dominated by low demand council housing.
WGHC’s primary purpose is to provide affordable rented housing for our members. Our members, who are also our tenants, are therefore at the core of everything we do.
Initially deck access blocks in West Granton itself were demolished and a phased redevelopment of the area took place. Between 1993 and 2002 WGHC built 241 low rise houses and flats in West Granton in three phases. In addition two parks and much of the landscaping in the area is owned, managed and maintained by WGHC.
WGHC’s first office was a flat in one of the deck access blocks. From there we moved to the Prentice Centre in Granton Mains and then in 2001 to a new build office at 26 Granton Mill Crescent.
In 2002 WGHC began to expand its operations. This was initially through the renovation of 9 flats and 2 houses in West Pilton. In 2006 we acquired 72 new build houses and flats on two sites in Craigmuir Place/West Pilton Park and Ferry Road Avenue from Link Homes.
In 2008 we built 11 flats at 15 & 16 West Pilton Bank. In September 2009 we completed 45 new flats at Colonsay Close and Waterfront Park.
All these developments took WGHC’s total housing stock to 380. In 2013 we decided to rationalise operations and gained consent to dispose of 9 refurbished flats in West Pilton. These are being sold as and when they become vacant. Once completed, this will take our housing stock down to 371.
Due to reduced levels of housing grants and lack of local sites, further development is highly unlikely in the medium term.
WGHC has shifted focus to component replacements within existing stock. We have replaced boilers, bathrooms and kitchens in 143 homes and will begin replacing boilers and kitchens in a further 100 homes in 2017.
Looking ahead, we expect the focus to remain on maintaining the current stock as well as on coping with the challenges of changes to the welfare and regulatory systems.