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November 11 2014

Public exhibition to be held for Corstorphine Waitrose store
Realis Estates are to stage a public consultation into plans to build a CDA Architects designed Waitrose store in the Corstorphine conservation area, Edinburgh.

To be held on on Wednesday 10 December at Corstorphine Library the event will showcase plans to replace an existing parade of shops between St John’s Road and Manse Road it will be the supermarket chain’s eighth outlet in Scotland providing 21,000sq/ft of space.

The two storey design features a masonry stair tower as a transition element to an adjacent tenement with louvres and a mansard roof masking two levels of rooftop parking offering 140 spaces.

A planning application for the scheme is currently being worked up with the shop likely to open in 2016.
Stone cladding will be used to sit alongside adjoining tenements
Stone cladding will be used to sit alongside adjoining tenements
The shopfront will be broken by structural columns with a low canopy defining the entrance.
The shopfront will be broken by structural columns with a low canopy defining the entrance.

6 Comments

Big Chantelle
#1 Posted by Big Chantelle on 11 Nov 2014 at 11:43 AM
Public response: it's ugly and an eyesore and simply not good enough.

Modernists concrete brigade : we respect the public's opinion but it's getting built. Who are the public anyway -- besides the idiots, sorry, people who will have to look at this everyday. We know best.
CADMonkey
#2 Posted by CADMonkey on 11 Nov 2014 at 12:59 PM
A very very weak design for the corner. Just looks like they gave up trying.
Also I am not clear on the reasoning behind a "louvered screen" to the car park. This will just become a pigeon hotel.
Egbert
#3 Posted by Egbert on 11 Nov 2014 at 14:11 PM
#1 Where can I sign up to join the Modernists Concrete Brigade? They sound great, and not at all like a figment of an overactive imagination.
neil
#4 Posted by neil on 11 Nov 2014 at 14:18 PM
Overall, for a supermarket with rooftop parking on a high street, I think this works fairly well - especially compared with is currently there. The existing small shops do give more street life but, to quote Big Chantelle are "ugly and an eyesore and simply not good enough".

The weak points are definitely the ends - in particular the junction with the existing tenement. Possibly continuing the mansard to meet the tenement would be better.
ella h
#5 Posted by ella h on 11 Nov 2014 at 15:14 PM
It looks like one of those old Safeway/Presto stores like the one in Morningside! I am pleased to see the parking on top - kind of retro. I actually quite like it.
john doe
#6 Posted by john doe on 11 Nov 2014 at 23:22 PM
Where can I sign up to join the Modernists Concrete Brigade? i wanna join too. As a member of the Brutalist Concrete regiment i feel an entitlement.

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