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Housing plan submitted for former Eastern General Hospital

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July 11 2013

 Housing plan submitted for former Eastern General Hospital
Hillcrest Housing Association have submitted plans drawn up by Smith Scott Mullan Associates for the development of 155 new homes at the former Eastern General Hospital, Edinburgh.

Built in 1906 the B listed main administration block was demolished following a fire but the remaining C listed Chapel and Matrons House will be incorporated into the plans as single dwellings.

Elsewhere new build properties ranging from three to six storeys will be built in the former hospital’s grounds including a row of six townhouses and a feature flatted block.

A central public space will be incorporated at the schemes heart to create a focus for the developing residential area.

Predominantly clad in facing brick, with render used for a proposed feature block, the properties are intended to mesh in with other recent residential developments in the area.

It is anticipated that construction could commence by 2014.
A network of new streets and green spaces will knit the scheme into the surrounding area
A network of new streets and green spaces will knit the scheme into the surrounding area

2 Comments

Egbert
#1 Posted by Egbert on 12 Jul 2013 at 12:40 PM
Doesn't look hugely promising if I'm honest... once again Designing Streets guidance largely ignored in favour of roads-led layout and multiple cul de sacs with parking dominating the frontages and bland detached blocks barely holding together any streetscape. The elevations in the planning application look particularly disspiriting - acres of buff brickwork peppered with tiny windows. Hillcrest's tenants deserve better.
Deborah
#2 Posted by Deborah on 9 Feb 2015 at 13:20 PM
Agree with previous poster. This is a car-centred concept. People are living in a city trying to be car-free. HELP them to do this. Retail space for corner shops and supermarkets would be ideal. Larger park-like spaces. Bike friendly storage units.

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