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January 7 2015

Planners give the nod to Leith Walk student flats
A £23m student housing development on a Leith Walk gap site has been given the all clear by Edinburgh planners, clearing the way for developer S. Harrison to move on site of the 226 flat development in March.

Playing host to a green roof the ICA designed scheme will be faced in stone rain screen, render and metal cladding and will include a ground floor shop, café and restaurant the scheme is expected to complete by September 2016.

In their design statement ICA said: “It is considered that the proportion of a stacked three part horizontal sub-division lends itself well to the existing proportions of Haddington Place.

“The window format which connects to the existing Georgian facades is maintained along with the clear gap between the proposal and the Library.”

The vacant site previously played host to the John Adam designed Botanic Cottage, now being reconstructed within the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Rear elevations will be faced with render
Rear elevations will be faced with render

6 Comments

boaby wan
#1 Posted by boaby wan on 7 Jan 2015 at 13:50 PM
When you look at the detail/massing/workmanship in the facades either side this scheme is fairly depressing, I know Leith Walk isn't the prettiest street but that is a poor effort all round.
At least they got some comedy value in the design statement
Cadmonkeys
#2 Posted by Cadmonkeys on 8 Jan 2015 at 09:18 AM
A delightfully design full of joy and happiness.
If only more new buildings could look like this.
james
#3 Posted by james on 8 Jan 2015 at 12:44 PM
How a 1970's 'polytechnic' (rear elevation) is satisfactory in planning terms in relation to the 'character' of a mews lane conservation area I will never know. But I do, really. ECC are under big commercial bucks pressure to provide accommodation in the city. So much for a political 'democratic' process. So much for the planning system and policy that one can clearly drive a bus through. I smell shite, as they say.
the sultan of brooneye
#4 Posted by the sultan of brooneye on 8 Jan 2015 at 12:48 PM
white render - en masse....when will CEC learn, agreeing to it's use and even pushing for it in many cases. Maybe Paddypower will give me good odds on just how stained and crappy it will look 5 years after completion.
Stevie Steve
#5 Posted by Stevie Steve on 8 Jan 2015 at 13:16 PM
Dull Dull Dull
Big stevie
#6 Posted by Big stevie on 9 Jan 2015 at 21:33 PM
Possibly realism could be brought to the table by similar visualisations as done in Aberdeen recently....

Perhaps a +2 years visualisation after a harsh winter as Big Sully suggests? Bit of staining to the render....

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