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ESPECIALLY IN CHANGING TIMES.




On an almost weekly basis, Craigmillar and its environs are changing. Buildings disappear; new ones appear.

However, Craigmillar is no ordinary estate. It has a history that stretches back...
Craigmillar is a community that was born out of increased social housing need in the first third of the 20th century and the expansion of brewing and mining in that part of the city. By 1975 it increased in population to 25,000 people. In recent decades however, the industries have relocated or been closed, and the population has shrunk to under 7,000. It has become an area in need of economic, social and community regeneration as well as physical regeneration.


In 2002, the City of Edinburgh Council formed a joint venture company with The EDI Group (an arms length company of the Council) to deliver a long term regeneration programme in Craigmillar. The company, known as PARC (Promoting And Regenerating Craigmillar), is three years into the delivery of a 15-year business plan which will deliver over 3,500 homes, two new primary schools, a new community high school and public library, a new 150-acre park, high quality public realm, and a new town centre with over 200,000 sq ft of office, retail and leisure space. The stated company intention is to drive the design standards and quality required to develop a sustainable place and set the benchmark for third party developers who will contribute 1,400 homes to the planned total of new houses.  The company also hopes to drive the crucial social vehicles required to create a sustainable community by acting as a catalyst for inward investment from the public and private sectors, and for specific economic and community regeneration initiatives including creating job and business opportunities through procurement,  developing a heritage trail, and providing facilities and  opportunities for a healthier community. With this in mind, we think there has never been a better time for a photographic community archive of the area we have grown up in and love, as we look forward to a better future for all.


teddy boy Craigmillar couple marrying Craigmillar 50s children in gasmasks WW11 Craigmillar artist with archive inspired painting enjoying a pint in Craigmillar 50s



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