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Unveiling Urban Union’s North Four: A Sustainable Haven for Modern Families

Urban Union’s highly anticipated North Four housing development is set to launch this Saturday. The fourth and final phase of our project within Pennywell in the North of Edinburgh, this latest installment promises 94 state-of-the-art, net-zero carbon, four-bedroom townhouses. This innovative project showcases the future of sustainable urban living, offering families a perfect blend of modernity and thoughtful design.


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Sustainable Living, provided by new build homes in Edinburgh

The North Four housing development stands as a beacon of sustainability, with each of the 94 townhouses designed to energy efficient and forward thinking. This commitment to environmental responsibility reflects Urban Union’s dedication to creating homes that not only meet the needs of today’s families but also contribute to a greener and more sustainable future.

Working in partnership with Edinburgh City Council, the new housing development will contribute to the eco goals of the City Centre (which North Four is less than half an hour from) and lower carbon emissions.



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Four bedroom houses with modern and thoughtful design

The townhouses at North Four are a testament to modern architectural brilliance. These homes have been meticulously planned to provide the utmost comfort and convenience for families. Boasting contemporary aesthetics, spacious interiors, and cutting-edge amenities, North Four’s properties are the epitome of stylish and functional living spaces.


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Perfect Family Homes, local to Edinburgh City Centre

With four bedrooms, these townhouses are tailor-made for families looking for a comfortable and spacious home. The thoughtful layout ensures that each family member has their own space while also providing communal areas for quality time together. The North Four development is not just about providing a house; it’s about creating a home where memories are made and cherished.

And it’s proximity to the Centre of Edinburgh means your children have access to local attractions like the national museum, Scottish national gallery and Edinburgh Castle, as well as the annual fringe festival and more.



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Launch Event Details: Reserve your new home this weekend with Urban Union

To celebrate the launch of North Four, Urban Union we will be hosting an open day at the Village Hotel, located at 140 Crewe Rd S, Edinburgh, EH4 2NY. The event will take place from 10am, providing the perfect opportunity to explore the features of these stunning townhouses and engage with the knowledgeable Urban Union Sales Team.

Envisage what your new home could look with with CGI visualisations and site plans, and even drive past the site to explore the new area you could be calling your new community – just 5 minutes drive from the hotel.

This is a rare opportunity to be among the first to secure a spot in this groundbreaking development, so don’t miss out!


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Find your new home with Urban Union today in our Glasgow or Edinburgh developments

Urban Union’s North Four housing development is set to redefine urban living in Edinburgh, offering families a chance to reside in a sustainable, modern, and well-designed home. The launch event at the Village Hotel provides the perfect occasion to learn more about these exceptional townhouses and take the first step toward securing your family’s future in a North Four home. Join us this Saturday and be a part of the future of sustainable living!

Click here to find out more about our homes for sale in Edinburgh. Or, if you’re more interested in the West of Scotland, head over to our developments page. This highlights our current availability, as well as future projects.



Urban Union have received planning consent to build 94 new homes for sale at the popular Pennywell Living development in North Edinburgh, near the Scottish capital.

The new homes will form the fourth and final phase of the development and work is scheduled to begin in April 2023. The construction of Phase 4 is set to support various direct and indirect jobs through Urban Union, its sub-contractors and suppliers, in addition to supporting a number of full-time apprenticeships.


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Providing energy efficient new build homes in Edinburgh

Pennywell Living forms a major part of the City of Edinburgh Council’s long term regeneration plans in North Edinburgh, which aims to deliver close to 1000 mixed tenure homes alongside enhanced local amenities. Urban Union has already delivered 585 new mixed tenure homes, with 315 nearing completion at Phase 3 alone. The aim is to replace inadequate housing and infrastructure with a mixed sustainable development consisting of 778 new homes, 228 for social rent, 136 for mid-market rent and 414 for private sale.

In response to recent changes in the energy market and government policy direction, Pennywell Phase 4 will deliver net zero carbon homes. This will be achieved through a fabric-first approach featuring well-insulated external envelopes supplemented by environmentally friendly technology. Natural gas is removed as an energy source and replaced with air-source heat pumps, photovoltaic panels, and a decentralised mechanical ventilation system for energy-efficient dwellings.

Located only a few miles from Edinburgh city centre, Pennywell Living is in prime position to make the most of the many shops, bars and restaurants the capital has to offer. Also, with great local primary and secondary schools and a wealth of useful amenities in the area, the development is perfect for young professionals and families alike.


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The community benefit of Urban Union new build developments

In addition to providing new homes, Urban Union and the City of Edinburgh Council are working closely with the local Pennywell community to provide new opportunities for residents. Most recently the ‘Creative Community Chest’ which was launched in October 2022. The £3,000 fund aims to support micro projects in the community that deliver creative and engaging content for locals.


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Neil McKay Managing Director at Urban Union, said: “We are delighted that plans for Phase 4 at Pennywell Living have been approved and we can start construction in April 2023. Due to excellent past sales success at Pennywell Living and the popularity of the properties at the development, we are not expecting these homes to be around for long. Because of this, we encourage potential buyers to reach out to the Urban Union team for more information on the next phase.

“Prospective buyers will be amazed by the spacious accommodation.  Pennywell Living can offer including the comforts and efficiencies you would expect from a brand-new home and so much more.”

Graeme Nicholls, Director of Graeme Nicholls Architects, said: “We’ve enjoyed working closely with Urban Union to design this scheme for 94 Net-Zero Carbon houses for private sale for the fourth and final phase of their significant housing-led regeneration of the Pennywell neighbourhood, in North Edinburgh. The site layout features terraced rows with private front and back gardens arranged around shared central green spaces. The new homes will be constructed with high-quality materials including red-toned brick, matching previous phases. Each of the energy-efficient homes have been designed with flexibility in mind, with layouts able to accommodate a variety of lifestyles and include home-working spaces. We are excited to see the project start on site soon and cannot wait to see the final results.”

Every Urban Union home is highly energy efficient and is completed with all the features necessary for modern life, including high-quality, fully integrated kitchens and bathrooms, plenty of storage space and spacious living areas perfect for those looking for a place to call home.


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Interested in purchasing a home within Phase 4 of the development?

If you are keen to make the move, the last few one and two bedroom apartments are currently available to reserve for just £99 from Phase 3 of the Pennywell Living development – ideal for any first time buyer!

However, if you would like to wait for our Phase 4 release, make sure to register your interest to keep in the know and be one of the first to hear of any updates from our Sales Team.

For further information, call 07940 992182 or email

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?


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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.


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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.

Downsize your life

If your home is too large for you and you want to reduce your monthly outgoings, have you considered downsizing? Downsizing evokes images of older homeowners moving to more manageable homes. But downsizing is for anyone who wants to move to a smaller, energy-efficient property close to a range of amenities.

The thought of moving can be particularly daunting, especially if you have been in your home for a long time and have precious family memories. So, deciding to downsize can be a tough decision. However, it can make a lot of sense if the family have all flown the nest and you are approaching retirement, or you simply want to reduce your outgoings and live close to public transport or amenities.

When you downsize, you could release some of the equity you’ve worked hard to build up, reduce your mortgage repayments and save money by being closer to public transport or amenities. If you choose a new property, you’ll also save money on your energy bills.

Here are some tips for downsizers:

Consider where you want to move to

Do you want to move closer to work, public transport, local parks or amenities? Could you ditch the car by living in a more urban area? Or are you looking for a more rural lifestyle? As well as location, consider the type of property you’re looking for – an older property could need a larger budget to allow for maintenance or decorating costs. In contrast, a new build will enable you to save on maintenance, renovation or energy costs.

Organisation is key

Once you’ve decided to downsize, create a to-do list so you have a clear idea of what exactly needs doing and when. Go through what needs doing in each room – what you can’t live without, what you can and what needs doing before you put your property up for sale. This will help you to see what space you require from your new home – the number of rooms, bathrooms, garage, storage space etc. Writing it down will give you a clear picture of how small you can go. Also, consider how much time you spend outside. Are you a keen gardener? If so, it’s important to find a property with some outside space so you can continue with your hobby.

Sorting out your home

Sorting each room, in turn, will help to avoid chaos and stress whilst still living in your current home. There will be non-negotiable items, either due to practical necessity or sentimental value, but generally, you need to be fairly ruthless if downsizing to a smaller space. If you have a clear idea of how many rooms you will be moving to, this will help you avoid keeping unnecessary items you won’t have space for. If you have items that are beyond repair or haven’t been used for years, either ditch them or find a new home for them. You could gift items to friends or family that would like them or even put them on eBay, Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree, giving you some extra cash for your new home. Your new home may require investing in new furniture, so it’s a great opportunity to freshen up your interiors. Measure-up bigger items of furniture you plan to keep, making sure they will fit the floorplan and layout of your new home too.

Do the sums

Long term, downsizing can be a significant cost saver, including lower energy bills, reduced maintenance costs and even a smaller council tax bill. However, there are initial costs to moving that should be factored in, including estate agency, solicitor, conveyancing and removals fees, and LBTT.

If you are thinking of downsizing, take a look at the new homes available at Pennywell Living in Edinburgh.  We have some exceptional one and two-bedroom apartments for sale in various styles. One-bedroom prices start at £169,995, and two-bedroom apartments are from £189,995.

Our new and improved website is now live!

We have had a busy few months at Urban Union with the latest release of properties at Pollokshaws Living which sold out in just one weekend, along with upcoming release at Pennywell Living.

Alongside our ongoing developments and property releases, we are delighted to launch our brand-new website that not only looks as vibrant as our communities but provides even more ways to view and enquire about properties for sale. Our new website enables the user to find out more about the areas, communities, and the property market in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Updates to our website

You are probably aware that in our rapidly changing digital world, websites need a refresh from time to time to enhance the user experience so that people can find what they need quickly and easily.

If you take time to explore our new website you will find that we have updated the development pages, allowing you to see, at a glance, which units are available, coming soon or sold. We also have the facility for you to register your interest in specific upcoming developments and releases, and to view area guides for the areas that we are currently regenerating.

In addition, our News section has a range of useful information including interiors advice, mortgage, finance and housing market information, details on our community benefits and case studies on previous happy buyers.

One of the big changes we have made is to include virtual tours of our property types so you can really get a feel for what it’s like to live in an Urban Union home. We have also added a ‘What’s Available Now’ button so you can see what’s available at the touch of just one button.

Finally, once you’re ready to take the next step, we have information on the reservations process, a mortgage calculator and a simple contact form so that one of our sales advisors can get in touch with you to provide more information on our developments.

We really hope you enjoy using our new website, and if you have any queries or questions about the site or would like more information on one of our developments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.