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March 2 2016

Contractors move in on Edinburgh student accommodation
Graham Construction has moved on-site with a JM Architects designed student residential scheme at Buccleuch Place and Meadow Lane for the University of Edinburgh.

This will entail conversion and refurbishment of two B-listed tenement blocks in the Southside conservation area to provide 246 bedrooms alongside the construction of four new build blocks offering a further 138 rooms.

Adopting a contemporary interpretation of the traditional tenement using a palette of stone, zinc and glass this latter element will include a warden’s flat, landscaped courtyards, an energy centre and common facilities.

Graham Construction’s regional director Neil McFarlane, said: “… the two-part dimension of refurbishing existing premises on site coupled with a new build construction poses an interesting challenge – one the team is looking forward to.”

Completion is expected by summer 2017.

7 Comments

beetle bum
#1 Posted by beetle bum on 2 Mar 2016 at 19:44 PM
Looks great
Andy Marr
#2 Posted by Andy Marr on 3 Mar 2016 at 11:24 AM
Agree, beetle bum. Looks like another lovely addition to Ed Uni's list of recent developments.
D to the R
#3 Posted by D to the R on 3 Mar 2016 at 12:51 PM
Eh? Am i missing something? At least the existing building next door has some detail on its main elevation ..... the chud pipes are at least a welcome additional. This is flat and bland ..... but it does have some timber cladding so ......
Boaby
#4 Posted by Boaby on 4 Mar 2016 at 07:11 AM
Looks as is if two buildings have fused together in an awkward gable arrangement- a bland tennement and a bland office.
Ground floor looks squished too....to sneak in extra storey I assume.
Below par.....miss the demolished mews already
Sir ano
#5 Posted by Sir ano on 4 Mar 2016 at 08:32 AM
Disappointing.
rankbadyin
#6 Posted by rankbadyin on 4 Mar 2016 at 10:50 AM
Infinitely preferable to the dross design that usually passes for student res. I would take 'flat' and 'bland' but contextual projects such as meadow lane over projects like the Y&G Central House monstrosity on Jamaica Street any day.
room with a view
#7 Posted by room with a view on 4 Mar 2016 at 14:10 PM
A tricky site as I recall with mews and tenement coming together. I think the gable end treatment works well.

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