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October 30 2015

King’s Stables Road consultation outlines latest thinking
Peveril Securities have outlined their latest thinking behind their mixed use proposals for Edinburgh’s Kings Stables Road, calling for the creation of new homes, student housing and a hotel on the site of a former stables.

Architects Fletcher Joseph will seek to frame views of the Castle by re-establishing historic building lines whilst creating an active street frontage along King’s Stables Road itself.

Buildings will be arranged around a series of courtyards and closes to enhance permeability with consideration given to the likely future demolition of Argyle House to form part of a wider master plan.

Key changes since the initial application include incorporation of Silk nightclub to the master plan area, enabling a reduction in overall massing and an extension to the central courtyard.

In their consultation document the architects note: “Roof heights and rooflines are created which mediate and respond to the context of tenement scale buildings on West Port, Lady Lawson St, Castle Terrace and the buildings on King’s Stables Road.

“They deliver a varied roofline in keeping with the ad-hoc variety of the Old Town.”

A full planning application is expected by late November.
28 new homes will be provided by the scheme
28 new homes will be provided by the scheme
A range of materials are being investigated such as the re-use of existing ground floor walls, cut stone, brick and zinc
A range of materials are being investigated such as the re-use of existing ground floor walls, cut stone, brick and zinc

Scheme massing will be broken down to frame views of the castle
Scheme massing will be broken down to frame views of the castle

5 Comments

BigBadBazookaBob
#1 Posted by BigBadBazookaBob on 30 Oct 2015 at 11:13 AM
Must do better!
Pob
#2 Posted by Pob on 30 Oct 2015 at 11:41 AM
Yep, this is incredibly poor and lacking the panache and skill required for such an interesting and opportune site. I would be disappointed to see this erected as a Premier Inn of the edge of town let alone in the shadow of the Castle.
The roofscape is a shocker. Banal business park architecture with lumpy (but grey so invisible eh?) flat roofed concoction that has in no way shape or form been designed to respond to the ad-hoc(?) forms of the adjacent roofs. The usual CEC Planning Dept approved setbacks and lazy stone facades finish this off as a pretty poor effort.
CADMonkey
#3 Posted by CADMonkey on 30 Oct 2015 at 12:31 PM
Ah Ha!
The old trick of a CGI with the worst building in the vicinity behind so your proposal doesn't look all that bad.

"How little effort can I get away with during this meaningless PAN exercise?" I expect was uttered at least once.

But looking at what is on the board, .....hmmm.....the Scandic Crowne is better!

Lastly, interesting that they have been able to make the street look even deader than it already is!!!! Well done on that effort!
Tam
#4 Posted by Tam on 30 Oct 2015 at 13:02 PM
Looking at the designs shown on this website the last few months (particularly the Cairngorms centre revealed the other day) then I have to deduce that the architectural education system has been in absolute crisis for at least a decade.
Boab
#5 Posted by Boab on 30 Oct 2015 at 15:11 PM
@ #4

Looking at this website generally I would deduce that very few people on here actually practice architecture or have ever worked for a developer client who, in most instances, suffocates any form of creativity by the Architect.

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