Building work on over 200 new homes in Edinburgh is expected to get underway in the next few week after the Cruden Group was appointed as the developer.
The build homes, to be built on the site of three former high rises in Gracemount, will be the first new council homes for a generation in the city.
The Cruden Group will initially construct 215 new homes on the site, with at least half of the development made into affordable housing. The first phase will see 99 new homes built. The second phase will consist of 116 new build homes.
The first affordable properties are expected to be available towards the end of 2011.
The local council aims to build 1,300 mixed tenure homes for sale and rent across Edinburgh over the next eight years.
Housing leader Councillor Paul Edie told the press: "The 21st Century Homes programme is a vital element of our ongoing long term regeneration plans for the capital and also demonstrates our commitment to tackling the desperate need for more affordable homes in Edinburgh.
"Recent investment from the Scottish Government is very welcome as shown by the £1.6m which we secured for the Gracemount development."