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Fraser’s Muirhouse redevelopment plans detailed

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April 13 2012

Fraser’s Muirhouse redevelopment plans detailed
Malcolm Fraser Architects have provided more detail on their planned new social housing development at West Pilton Crescent for 21st Century Homes and the City of Edinburgh Council, which gained detailed planning approval last week.
 
The development will provide 34 new social rented tenure units incorporating a mix of houses and flats on a site located in Pilton to the north-west of the city centre as part of wider regeneration efforts, including Austin Smith Lord's Muirhouse masterplan.
 
It will incorporate a pedestrian link between the new Craigroyston High School and St David’s RC and Pirriehall Primary School, and is located to the immediate north of an existing play park.
 
Conceived as an exemplar for the future development of the Pilton and Muirhouse areas of the city it will serve as the template for future development of up to 670 new homes in the area.
 
Project architect Robin Livingstone, told Urban Realm: “The development could be seen as a reaction to a lot of new housing being built in the city, which we view as overly complicated with too many materials.
 
“The approach for this building seeks to pick up on the principles the Smithsons described as ‘good ordinariness’, referencing the traditional tenement typologies of the New Town in Edinburgh, with a simple language of large repetitive window openings to allow as much daylight into the units as possible.
 
“The building will be formed in a limited palette of materials using red brick and concrete to create a robust monolithic form.”
 
Work on the project is scheduled to take place later in the year.
Some councilors have criticised the use of red brick, describing it as an English building material
Some councilors have criticised the use of red brick, describing it as an English building material

5 Comments

dirige
#1 Posted by dirige on 13 Apr 2012 at 16:32 PM
Nice, if small scale, scheme. One question arises: why is it Social Housing schemes (LA/HA) that get the best quality design while those who take on mortgages get dreadful rubbish like what Westpoint Homes pump out?
SAndals
#2 Posted by SAndals on 16 Apr 2012 at 14:55 PM
Nice and restrained - K.I.S.S with the bonus of only 11 details to draw! Ker-ching!
stuart linsley
#3 Posted by stuart linsley on 17 Apr 2012 at 16:59 PM
Were the councilors of the SNP little scotlander persuasion perchance.
Jimbob Tanktop
#4 Posted by Jimbob Tanktop on 17 Apr 2012 at 17:10 PM
And the winner of the Non Sequitur of the year, 2012 is...Stuart Linsey!!!

But enough of penguins who can play the banjo...
Terror Tower Muirhouse
#5 Posted by Terror Tower Muirhouse on 23 Apr 2012 at 13:37 PM
“The building will be formed in a limited palette of materials using red brick and concrete to create a robust monolithic form.” Does that sound nice to you? Is that what the locals have requested? Are you sure that such an alien built form (brick, concrete boxes with pretend flat roofs) is right for a regeneration area which has already suffered from more than its fair share of short-lived architectural experimentation? The councillors are right and you don't have to be SNP to realise that the architectural traditions of a country are worth respecting.

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