A DEVELOPER is plugging into the surging demand for electric vehicles (EVs) by creating the most comprehensive charging provision of any development built to date in Scotland.
All 84 apartments at The Crescent at Donaldson’s, by CALA Homes (East), will be served by an EV fast charger, with the infrastructure built into the underground parking at the Edinburgh development.
The Crescent is home to a selection of apartments ranging from £950,000 to £1,925,000 located in the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, within 18 acres of grounds that make up the largest new shared garden to be created in the Scottish capital.
The provision is a result of a partnership with EV charge point installers, Jorro Ltd, with The Crescent marking its largest developer project to date.
David Pickles, Managing Director of Jorro, said: “It is brilliant for a developer to have the foresight to include this level of EV provision in its plans. While many buyers may not yet have EVs or plug-in hybrids, it is inevitable that a majority will do in the not-too-distant future, as range increases and costs fall.
“The great thing about The Crescent is that the chargers are there, in place and ready to go. All buyers need to do is add the relevant plug unit, due to different car brands choosing varying solutions. Any costs therefore will be negligible.”
Owners at The Crescent will have access to an EO Genius charging unit, fully connected to the mains, with a dummy unit in place until the final set up is made.
The underground parking at the development aims to minimise the impact of cars in the area. The underground project has seen around 36,000m3 of earth transported to restore a former quarry in Ratho.
Philip Hogg, Sales and Marketing Director for CALA Homes (East), said: “The entire project is centred on providing buyers with something truly aspirational, yet at the same time, entirely practical. This extends to the underground parking – which is extensive with a purpose of minimising any vehicle visibility, creating a secluded retreat in the heart of the city.
“It is highly likely that the vast majority of our owners and future owners at The Crescent will be requiring EV charging within the next few years – so we’re delighted to be able to offer them such comprehensive provision. It also greatly reduces the barriers to entry that prevent many people taking up ownership of these much more environmentally-friendly cars.”
Designed by Richard Murphy OBE, the architecture of The Crescent has been directly influenced by Edinburgh’s famous Georgian crescents. The Crescent forms a sweeping arc of enhanced height, glass-fronted apartments, nestled to the private rear of Edinburgh’s Donaldson’s estate.