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January 13 2015

Leith student housing plans emerge
Yet more student accommodation is on the cards for Edinburgh with submission of plans for a 240 bed scheme on the site of disused industrial units at Bothwell Street, Leith, by DPI Ltd.

Designed by McLaren Murdoch & Hamilton chartered architects the scheme will be clad in buff facing brick and cladding panels and is intended to extend the tenement line whilst increasing open space around an existing public park.

In a statement the architects said: “The proposed development respects the scale and character of the townscape and existing tenements. The external design is in-keeping with the vertical pattern of existing tenements. The spatial pattern, size and use of materials complement the existing urban fabric and reinforces the existing character of the street.

“The development will improve the existing streetscape by opening out the narrow street running from Easter Road and also by upgrading and maintaining the park to the north of site. The positioning of the accommodation avoids any overshadowing or loss of privacy to neighbouring properties. The proposal is essentially within the same envelope of the previously minded to grant residential scheme of 2012 and retains the majority of external building materials proposed within the development.”

10 Comments

CADMonkey
#1 Posted by CADMonkey on 13 Jan 2015 at 13:33 PM
Eh...Bothwell Street is not in Leith. It is in Lochend.
Robin
#2 Posted by Robin on 13 Jan 2015 at 16:55 PM
McLaren Murdoch & Murdoch are one of my favourite architects
Egbert
#3 Posted by Egbert on 14 Jan 2015 at 10:15 AM
Worth noting that the original 2012 consented scheme was by Oberlanders, not Murdoch Murdoch & Murdoch.
Sven
#4 Posted by Sven on 14 Jan 2015 at 15:56 PM
"Yet more student accommodation is on the cards "
I am glad that UrbanRealm has picked up on the amount of student accommodation built and planned. Where is the demand coming from? Bothwell Street is pretty far from the universities.
emac
#5 Posted by emac on 15 Jan 2015 at 06:46 AM
OMG.
Mark
#6 Posted by Mark on 16 Jan 2015 at 15:51 PM
it claims to be a car free development with students signing an agreement that they don't have a car. Is this legal, is this enforceable? parking is already really tight on this street, usually lots of double parking so potentially 240 people with cars could make it a huge problem for residents. They could use Sunnyside as the access and have their own separate car parking
Mark
#7 Posted by Mark on 19 Jan 2015 at 09:50 AM
it claims to be a car free development with students signing an agreement that they don't have a car. Is this legal, is this enforceable? parking is already really tight on this street, usually lots of double parking so potentially 240 people with cars could make it a huge problem for residents. They could use Sunnyside as the access and have their own separate car parking
boaby wan
#8 Posted by boaby wan on 19 Jan 2015 at 10:28 AM
Of course it's car free, this is because student accommodation has much more lax parking requirements which is why it's so attractive for developers to throw up student housing
dw
#9 Posted by dw on 19 Jan 2015 at 10:41 AM
No Bothwell Street is clearly in Leith. Lochend starts beyond the east side of Easter Road ...
Bill S
#10 Posted by Bill S on 19 Jan 2015 at 11:11 AM
Actually, according to some property searches and council documents, Bothwell Street is in Hillside, not Leith (the informal boundary is further down the road) or Lochend. Not that this is much of an issue for what is a strange place for students. Between this scheme, the one off Abbeymount, the ones on Calton Road and the one on Stanley Road, I wonder if developers actually care about the proximity of students to campuses (nope) or whether they have been informed of new places of studies opening up....

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