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Bellway to move on-site with 139 home Edinburgh urban infill

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May 27 2016

Bellway to move on-site with 139 home Edinburgh urban infill
Bellway Homes have secured permission from Edinburgh City Council to construct 139 flats on brownfield land at Abbey Lane, arranged around a newly formed street.

Designed by EMA Architects the scheme seeks to maximise southerly views toward the Crags and Arthur’s Seat whilst respecting a neighbouring listed building.

Arranged within a range of four and six storey brick clad blocks the layout seeks to enhance permeability with a landscape buffer to the south to mitigate the visual and acoustic impact of a railway line.

Construction work is expected to get underway later this year.
A combination of hedges, railings, walls and footpaths will obscure passing trains
A combination of hedges, railings, walls and footpaths will obscure passing trains
New street frontages will enliven the area
New street frontages will enliven the area

The scheme is extendable to adjoining streets which are also up for redevelopment
The scheme is extendable to adjoining streets which are also up for redevelopment

3 Comments

Boabby J
#1 Posted by Boabby J on 27 May 2016 at 12:10 PM
'Designed' by ema is stretching it....
Sven
#2 Posted by Sven on 28 May 2016 at 07:54 AM
The scheme would work better if faced with stone or even ashlar. Instead we have an ugly and un-Scottish brown brick facade. Just look at pic 2 - you can tell the old building is Scottish as it looks like a lot of East coast Scotland town buildings of that time. The new building could be in Tower Hamlets or Reading.
Basho
#3 Posted by Basho on 28 May 2016 at 10:30 AM
I don't mind the use of brick. It ages much better than render. Also the site of this development is an eyesore. Neglected single storey units. I just wish the elevations were a bit more inspired. It's very flat and boxy. Not sure if this timidity in architecture is for planning reasons or cost saving, but it's pretty depressing.

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