THE bidding process to appoint a development partner for the former Fountain Brewery site in the Scottish capital has been launched.

The City of Edinburgh Council said the regeneration of the Fountainbridge neighbourhood has taken a major step forward with the move.

Plans include a tech incubator, social enterprises, homes and restaurants.

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The site is the land between Fountainbridge and the Union Canal previously known as India Quay, and is adjacent to the New Fountainbridge site being developed by Vastint Hospitality.

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The council has published a contract notice seeking expressions of interest from potential developers.

The responses will be used to draw up a shortlist, with the council hoping to have a development partner in place by the summer.

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The redevelopment involves three hectares of canalside brownfield and includes over 400 new homes - 177 affordable - and a 10,000 sqm office building aimed at growing technology companies.

Kate Campbell, housing convener, said: “This next phase will see hundreds of new homes being built and around 40% of them will be affordable. “

She added: “We’re also looking at a low or zero carbon energy solution for the site which is vital to our commitment to reach net zero carbon by 2030.”

Work could begin in spring 2021.