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Residential conversion on the cards for Edinburgh’s B-listed Mackenzie House

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November 12 2015

Residential conversion on the cards for Edinburgh’s B-listed Mackenzie House
Queensberry Properties are marketing their latest residential development in Edinburgh, a collection of 10 properties on Kinnear Road, set within a converted B-listed period home and flanking wings of sandstone clad new build accommodation.

Designed by Morgan McDonnell Architecture the accommodation includes a four bedroom converted townhouse and two bedroom apartments with hardwood oak flooring throughout the main living spaces. South facing balconies offer unobstructed vantage to Edinburgh Castle.

Hazel Davies, sales and marketing director of Queensberry Properties said: “We’re really proud of the Kinnear Road development which, along with our Woodcroft development in Morningside, again underlines our strategy to create memorable top end developments within the Capital.”

Mackenzie House was built as a boarding house for Edinburgh Academy in 1910 and named after a former headmaster there. Designed by a former pupil, Ramsay Traquair, it reflects the Arts & Crafts style popularised by the work of Robert Lorimer, in whose office Traquair worked.

Queensberry Properties is a partnership between Cruden Homes and Buccleuch Property.

Open plan living areas will look out across Edinburgh Academy playing fields
Open plan living areas will look out across Edinburgh Academy playing fields
The front elevation faces Kinnear Road, Inverleith
The front elevation faces Kinnear Road, Inverleith

2 Comments

Yaldy
#1 Posted by Yaldy on 12 Nov 2015 at 14:41 PM
Why are those couches not pointing at the telly? You Edinburgh folk are weird...
A very local pleb
#2 Posted by A very local pleb on 12 Nov 2015 at 18:44 PM
The images are flattering…how about some snaps of the site as built. This has been executed with very little panache or respect for the existing buildings or the setting. The new build looks clumsy, stepping forward in front of the building line and pushing up an extra storey with a lazy and thoughtless parapet roof. The ‘fat box’ approach is completely at odds with the surrounding roof-scape..not to mention the immediate (like 800mm away!) eaves line. Façade detailing is non-existent and the horizontal proportions are badly considered.
As a local resident, I was really keen to see this development take shape, fully expecting high quality, modern pieces between the existing boarding house but this is a very poor attempt!..how did this get planning??

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