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January 6 2016

Plans tabled for regeneration of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket
Peveril Securities has lodged plans drawn up by Fletcher Joseph Architects for the regeneration of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket along King’s Stables Road in the heart of the Old Town.

Incorporating a hotel, homes, student accommodation, art hub and public square the scheme will open up an existing pend through the creation of a series of new routes and courtyards which will re-establish historic street patterns.

In their design statement Fletcher Joseph said: “Each built element has been designed to respond to the surrounding forms, referencing the varied architectural languages to the east of the site while addressing the overbearing nature of Argyle House and western edge. The overall form of each building is based on feu lines, characteristic of the old town, articulated through façade indentation, massing and protection of key views.”

Following community feedback an existing nightclub on the site will be incorporated into the scheme with further comments invited through January.

King's Square will be activated by a snack kiosk in the form of a perforated steel drum
King's Square will be activated by a snack kiosk in the form of a perforated steel drum
Prospective view looking north through Chapel Wynd
Prospective view looking north through Chapel Wynd

The scheme seeks to mitigate the impact of Argyle House on the surrounding streetscape
The scheme seeks to mitigate the impact of Argyle House on the surrounding streetscape

2 Comments

basho
#1 Posted by basho on 6 Jan 2016 at 13:48 PM
'King's Square will be activated by a snack kiosk in the form of a perforated steel drum'
I don't understand that sentence but I love it!! It's like something William Burroughs might have written while high on ketamine.
Couldn't we 'mitigate the impact of Argyle House' more effectively by, you know, knocking it down?
rubbish
#2 Posted by rubbish on 6 Jan 2016 at 16:04 PM
Generic setback'd, parapet'd nonsense. Given the visibility from the Castle, hopefully the planners will insist that the architects work a bit harder on the roofscape.

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