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January 21 2016

Westerlea House redevelopment wins approval
CDA Architects and S1 Developments have won permission to redevelop Edinburgh’s B—listed Westerlea House in the West Murrayfield Conservation Area by sweeping aside numerous ad-hoc extensions and building, including a C-listed garden block, for a series of new build additions and conversion of the main house, stables and chalet to housing.

Removal of the garden block was deemed necessary to formally address mature landscaped gardens to the south with two new buildings opening up access and views through the surrounding topography, with planners acknowledging that the work would ‘not adversely impact’ on the character of the area.

Elsewhere new mews housing to complete an internal courtyard new additions will make use of traditional forms in a contemporary way with pitched slate roofs and generous openings.

A 1950s extension to the front of Westerlea House will also be swept away to both improve its setting and allow an adjoining flatted block to be built in the form of a lightweight pavilion with extensive areas of glazing and terraces.

Faced in masonry with a brick finish to the rear the façade will step back to align with the frontage of the existing house.

Commenting on this element CDA said:  “Designing this building with modest height - only two principal storeys and one recessed top floor - will also respond to the scale height and massing of Westerlea House and improve its setting.

“The tall existing masonry wall will be retained so the parking court behind it will be screened from Ellersly Road.”
New mews housing will round off a stables courtyard
New mews housing will round off a stables courtyard
Two new apartment buildings will face retained landscaped grounds
Two new apartment buildings will face retained landscaped grounds

3 Comments

armchair critic
#1 Posted by armchair critic on 21 Jan 2016 at 16:01 PM
Nice scheme. Exquisite and comprehensive planning submission drawings/statement.
But, if i was to quibble, mibbes the architectural language of the bedrooms (evident in block A North Elev and blocks B&C East Elevs) is a bit under-cooked and confused?
brut100
#2 Posted by brut100 on 21 Jan 2016 at 20:09 PM
Soulless architecture at its best. CDA's description of the project sounds like something that would be said by students in first year of architecture school.
Bert Raccoon
#3 Posted by Bert Raccoon on 22 Jan 2016 at 09:46 AM
I like this, particularly image 2 stone/ brickwork.

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