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Developer looks to clean up with Portobello flats plan

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December 5 2016

Developer looks to clean up with Portobello flats plan
Hackland and Dore have submitted plans to build eight flats on the site of a former wash house in the heart of Edinburgh’s Portobello conservation area.

Brought forward by Figgate Street Developments the scheme will sit at the junction of Portobello High Street and Figgate Street, taking the form of twin three storey blocks conjoined by a central access stair.

In their design statement the architects noted: “The proposed development has a contemporary appearance. It exploits the use of tall and wide glazed doors and windows to the living areas and the bedrooms to maximise light and help provide informal supervision of the street.

“The recessed balconies enrich the street frontage, enhancing both the proposed flats and the streetscape. Furthermore, the proposed integrated balconies offer the opportunity to set back the windows from the site boundary and the public footpath.”

Faced in buff brick with vertical timber cladding and roughcast render to the rear with a ‘recessed dark grey render band’ marking transition between the two elements.’
Read together with an existing boundary wall the flats will enclose a private garden and landscaped communal courtyard
Read together with an existing boundary wall the flats will enclose a private garden and landscaped communal courtyard

4 Comments

basho
#1 Posted by basho on 5 Dec 2016 at 13:10 PM
The back of this scheme is quite interesting, but the front elevation suffers from a severe case of 'conservationitis' - so anxious to get planning in a tricky historic area that it ends up being a curious non-design. Understandable, but still disappointing.
Stevie Steve
#2 Posted by Stevie Steve on 5 Dec 2016 at 13:44 PM
Whats happening with those stair supports round the back??
PostRock
#3 Posted by PostRock on 5 Dec 2016 at 19:32 PM
In an area where it is difficult for existing residents to park 8 new flats are proposed and this is the reasoning for not providing spaces?!
"Our proposals regarding car parking options are to provide a car free development, using de-coupled
parking and prioritising public transport for the new development."
Philip
#4 Posted by Philip on 5 Dec 2016 at 21:44 PM
Dunno about conservationist Basho, looks completely out of proportion with its context both in terms of massing and elevation composition...maximalism more like....albeit on the cheap with a brick facade that only manages to penetrated the plot by 400mm or so, leaving a horror of a blank, white gable.
I really hope this does not get planning....The quality of projects on this site makes me weep.

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