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April 18 2013

Edinburgh quartet signal resi revival
Edinburgh’s long dormant residential market could soon awaken from its slumber with the recent approval of four significant schemes, all of them penned by EMA Architecture + Design.

This week alone the practice has secured permission for a scheme at Ocean Drive, Leith, on behalf of Cala Homes and a separate venture known as Urban Oasis at Lochend Butterfly, a scheme being delivered in conjunction with Smith Scott Mullan for Places for People Developments.

Inspired by the high density housing prevalent Ijburg area of Amsterdam Ocean Drive North will deliver 41 townhouses along the listed dock edge, each of which will open onto a series of private deck spaces arranged around a traditional lane.

Urban Oasis meanwhile will offer 205 homes within a ‘dense urban village’ with a reinterpretation of colony housing at its heart triangulated by three nine storey point blocks. The design also reinstates connections across three railway lines to knit the awkward plot into the surrounding urban fabric.

Both approvals follow hot on the heels of a planning double last month, when EMA secured approval for 65 flats and colony houses at McDonald Road in the city centre for Foremost Developments together with yet another scheme to deliver 110 new homes on greenbelt land at Edmonstone.

In recent weeks the practice has also submitted revised plans for the long-dormant Shrubhill site off Leith Walk.

It is anticipated that the four schemes will move on site in accordance with the below calendar:
McDonald Road - 1 May 2013
Edmonstone Estate - June 2013
Ocean Drive North - July 2013
Urban Oasis Lochend Butterfly -  Q3 2013
A new pedestrian route will be driven through to the rear of Ocean Drive
A new pedestrian route will be driven through to the rear of Ocean Drive
A range of tightly knot flatted and terraced accommodation will be provided here
A range of tightly knot flatted and terraced accommodation will be provided here

Colony style housing is witnessing something of a resurgence of late
Colony style housing is witnessing something of a resurgence of late
EMA are also behind a suburban scheme at Edmonstone following a successful planning appeal
EMA are also behind a suburban scheme at Edmonstone following a successful planning appeal

Inspiration from both Europe and Edinburgh's own past has been harnessed to produce a high density scheme
Inspiration from both Europe and Edinburgh's own past has been harnessed to produce a high density scheme
Leith's Ocean Drive will be framed by a linear arrangement of townhouses
Leith's Ocean Drive will be framed by a linear arrangement of townhouses

Leith's regeneration has stalled in recent years amidst recession
Leith's regeneration has stalled in recent years amidst recession
McDonald Road, in the city centre, will be recipient of a 65 flat scheme
McDonald Road, in the city centre, will be recipient of a 65 flat scheme

Urban Oasis squeezes into a tight island site bounded by railway lines
Urban Oasis squeezes into a tight island site bounded by railway lines

3 Comments

Jaco Justice
#1 Posted by Jaco Justice on 18 Apr 2013 at 12:46 PM
Colony style resurgence sounds great in theory. In practice hmmm
Brian
#2 Posted by Brian on 18 Apr 2013 at 13:53 PM
It looks similar to Glasgows laurieston in Gorbals.
cadmonkey
#3 Posted by cadmonkey on 19 Apr 2013 at 13:39 PM
Does anyone know how the "colony" style of housing with an external stair taking you up to the front door complies with the Scottish Domestic Building Regulations, section 4.1 Access to Buildings, in particular 4.1.3 "Accessible Routes". I've seen proposals for The Fort, and now here, and keen to know how to overcome this set of regulations as I like the house type.

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