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Customer highlight: showing the potential of our new build apartments

With only a few apartments now remaining within our Pollokshaws Living (Glasgow Southside) and Pennywell Living(Edinburgh/ Leith) developments it seemed the right time to highlight the potential of our new builds, with the help of Laurieston Living homeowner

Having now recently sold their current two bedroom apartment, upgrading to one of our new townhouse options at Laurieston Living, they are the perfect example of ways in which a blank canvas can be turned in to your dream home. As the following images will show.


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From new first time buyer to interior expert

This homeowner moved in to their two bedroom apartment as a first time buyer in 2020, opting not to choose from our range of pre-fitted flooring prior to moving in.

Walls at the time were freshly plastered and white throughout and since then they have brought in a dark palette of blues and blacks, even utilising ceiling areas to make the property their own. As well as installing light oak flooring and grey carpets between the hallway/ kitchen/ dining area and bedrooms.

This combined with carefully selected furniture and accessories has made for a unique and contemporary living space.


Ample natural lighting sources, combined with energy efficient lighting

All of which is further complemented by the natural lighting source provided by our full height windows, which feature throughout the open plan living space and bedroom areas.

As well as this, energy efficient lighting is installed throughout our apartments, meaning you are not only saving on your energy bills but contributing to a more sustainable future.


New bathrooms with shower over bath facilities

Moving on to our bathrooms, all apartments are supplied part tiled as standard with shower over bath facilities provided in all. choose to expand on this when moved in by painting the walls and also adding additional Carrara Marble tiles to complement the Slate Grey already in place.

Spacious and versatile living arrangements

However the most commendable feature by the homeowner is their use of space throughout the home, which cannot go unnoticed. Clever furniture arrangements have created a flow throughout the apartment, as well as resourceful use of corner areas to facilitate home working.

All of this combined makes for a unique new home for the new owner and highlights the true potential of what a new build home can become if you have the vision and creativity.

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Interested in purchasing a new build Urban Union apartment?

If you can now see the potential of a new build Urban Union apartment and are keen to make a viewing appointment, please get in touch with our Sales team directly.

Pollokshaws Living has both one and two bedroom apartments available, meanwhile one bedroom apartment remains at Pennywell Living – we suggest getting in touch as soon as possible.

Pollokshaws Living: 07498 057112 or

Pennywell Living: 07940 992182 or

Why buy a new build home?

Purchasing a previously owned home has its advantages. It might be full of character and in an established neighbourhood, or it might be a property with potential for improvement. However, there are many advantages of buying new too!

Not only is a brand new home energy efficient and cheaper to run, but it’s also a turn-key property, meaning you can move in and make it your own without any need for expensive renovations.

At both Pennywell Living and Pollokshaws Living, our high-quality apartments are located within a thriving community and benefit from our trademark features of bright, spacious rooms, energy-efficiency and great storage.

Moreover, every home comes equipped with all the components necessary for modern life, including well-finished, fully integrated kitchens, a neutral décor, and airy living areas suitable for a wide range of buyers.

But what are the other benefits of a newly built home?


Window installation within new home development


Your home warranty

A new home will be structurally sound and less likely to need repairs for many years. With an older home, you could find that it will experience ongoing problems simply through wear and tear and so it’s essential to set aside a budget for decorating and minor repairs with any home you buy.

After several years you may need to replace the windows and manage an established garden.

Here in Scotland, we have weather-related problems such as leaky roofs and dampness, which could result in expensive repairs.

A new property from Urban Union will have a building warranty, safeguarding you against large repair payments typical of older properties.


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Improved energy efficiency within new homes

You will also be able to save money through your new home’s improved energy efficiency – something we are all extremely conscious of in the face of rising energy bills.

Although the price cap was reduced – this is due to expire in April, after which, we don’t yet know what the rise will be. As a society, we are placing much more importance on eco-friendly elements within our homes and helping the UK to reach net zero. Home energy efficiency is a massive part of how we deal with this collectively.

New homes are built with energy efficiency features and are constructed to a higher standard than in previous years. They must adhere to minimum standards when it comes to energy efficiency, leading to lower household carbon footprints and lower energy bills.

When buying a new build home, you won’t be wasting money on heat escaping via poor insulation or old windows.


First time buyers, woman and dog, enjoying safe new build home


Higher safety and security specification within new build homes

And finally, compared to your current property, newly built developments have the most up-to-date standards on safety and security incorporated. Materials must be fire-resistant with detectors fitted for you.

In addition, the overall designs are also built with fire safety and evacuation in mind.

Security is often standard, too, giving both peace of mind as well as helping to bring down home, building and contents insurance fees.


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Reserve your space within an Urban Union development

If searching for your new home and now finding yourself inspired to invest in a brand new development, then get in touch with Urban Union.

We currently have one and two bedroom apartments, available to reserve within our Pollokshaws Living and Pennywell Living sites – with Hamiltonhill and Laurieston (Phase 3) launching in the near future.

Keep up to date with our latest developments by downloading our mobile app on either the App Store or Google Play.

With the last remaining of our latest release of one and two bedroom apartments within our Pennywell Living development, it felt only fitting that we inspire potential buyers with our interior styling advice – as we understand sometimes how hard it can be to visualise your new home.

However the white walls and unfurnished floors within these Edinburgh new builds give you with a complete blank canvas when it comes to decorating – providing you with endless design options.

And at just a 15 minute drive from the Scottish capital, it’s not an opportunity that should be missed, as you can truly put your own stamp on the property and enjoy the perks of city living.

In this blog post we will look at colour choices, furniture placements and making the most of your space.


Open plan living room within brand new apartment in Edinburgh


Open plan living

One of the key features of these contemporary living spaces are there large window formations, meaning you will benefit completely from natural lighting throughout your open plan kitchen/ lounge room.

The key to these spaces is to not overload them with furniture and to also consider the view and manouvreavility you would like to have, as this will dictate where furniture sits.

Personally, we would recommend working from the internal corners out in your property for the best results.


Styled bathroom in Edinburgh home development, featuring oak floors and green accessories


Colour choices within a new home

With freshly plastered surfaces, what a perfect time to paint – if you feel you need to inject a little colour in to your property.

Dark or neutral palettes will work best in the one and two bedroom apartments, as the warmer shades will not be washed out by daylight

However if you like the look and feel our your crisp white walls, then you can also introduce these colours with the use of flooring and accessories. Our team can offer a range of complementary flooring choices from our optional extras.

By sharing colours and flooring between both your kitchen and living room, it’s a great way to create cohesion between both spaces.

Plants are also another great way to break up white space and they assist with air quality in your home.


open plan living space using rug to join the kitchen area


Accessories to introduce in to new homes

And, when it comes to accessories, a rug is the perfect feature piece within an open plan living/ kitchen area and helps to bring the room together.

Functional items such as lamps and tables are also a good option, whilst artwork or mirrors can be used on bare walls.


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Find your new home or apartment with Urban Union

For further information, or to arrange a viewing of our new build homes and apartments, please get in touch with a member of our sales team via or phone 07940 992182.

Properties at Pennywell Living are available from just £99 reservation fee with no deposit, with more developments on the horizon in Glasgow and the surrounding areas, all featuring both apartments and homes for sale.

You can also keep up to date with our latest developments by downloading our mobile app on either the App Store or Google Play.

130 new homes in Edinburgh – Greendykes Living given the green light

Urban Union to deliver 130 net zero affordable homes at Greendykes through Edinburgh Home Demonstrator Programme

The latest phase in the regeneration of Greendykes by The City of Edinburgh Council is set to be delivered by Urban Union following a funding boost of just over £620,000.

Funding has been secured from this year’s Vacant & Derelict Land Investment Programme, enabling the Council to clean the site and improve ground conditions, while work begins to design new, affordable, net zero carbon homes.

The Council expects to fund the build of around 130 homes on the site. Urban Union will now progress plans for the homes via the Edinburgh Home Demonstrator Programme – an innovative new business model for delivering affordable homes based around greater use of offsite construction.


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The Edinburgh Home Demonstrator Programme

Through collaboration with local and national government, academia and the construction industry, The Edinburgh Home Demonstrator Programme will establish improvements in new affordable housing with a focus on time, cost, quality and carbon reduction. The programme was set up to develop and test a new business model for the construction of affordable homes using offsite construction methods. It has the potential to transform the productivity and performance of affordable housing and enable a move towards homes build to net zero standards.

Planning permission in principle has already been granted as part of an existing masterplan. The Council and Urban Union will engage with local people on home designs in coming months.  Subject to ground works, it is anticipated that the first properties will be delivered in phases from early-2024 to mid-2025.


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The benefit of creating new affordable homes in Edinburgh

Councillor Jane Meagher, the Council’s Housing, Homelessness and Fair Work Convener, said:

“Never has our need for better housing been greater as we face a cost-of-living crisis and a climate emergency, so we need to be really ambitious and use the small amount of space we have in our city creatively.

“For years, developers have overlooked this empty piece of land because of how complex it is to unlock. Yet, it’s situated minutes away from the Innocent Railway cycle path and is close to the Royal Infirmary and local employment. The area benefits from countless bus links into the city centre and it is a fantastic place to live.

“I’m thrilled that we’re going to be able to put the green back into Greendykes and we’ll work with local residents as we create these new net zero carbon homes. The funding will help us to transform the land and the local environment, while also providing new affordable and efficient places for people to live in line with our major housebuilding strategy.”


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A word from our MD on our new build properties

Neil McKay, managing director, Urban Union said:

“As a delivery partner for the regeneration of Greendykes, it is our responsibility to ensure that we provide homes that not only create a community but that bring benefits to the occupiers and the wider environment.

“By utilising the Edinburgh Home Demonstrator Programme, the Council is showing its commitment not only to its tenants through the selection of quality homes but to innovation and the City’s pledge to be net zero by 2030.

“We are looking forward to meeting with the local residents to discuss the plans for the new homes and to obtaining their valuable input which will make sure that Greendykes becomes a blueprint for city centre regeneration.”


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Looking to move in to one of our new homes in Edinburgh?

If you are looking for a new home in the near future, we currently have availability for one and two bedroom apartments within our Pennywell Living development.

However if you are willing to wait and are interested in finding out more about our Greendykes Living development, register your interest online to be one of the first to receive any updates via our mailing list.

Click here to register your interest in Greendykes Living.