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December 12 2016

Second round proposals presented for Water of Leith flats
Artisan Real Estate Investors and Sheppard Robson Architects have submitted second round proposals for 184 flats on the site of a former B&Q warehouse at Warriston Road, Edinburgh.

Overlooking the Water of Leith the properties aim to reflect the light industrial character of the area in their use of brick, wood and metal, adopting a courtyard arrangement to create private gardens whilst maintaining permeability.

Colony housing will be included in the mix as well as a pedestrian/cycle route threaded through the buildings.

Artisan wrote of their planned scheme: “The site will be permeable along the east and west edges, the eastern edge will have an informal woodland character and the western edge will have a more formal public realm character. Wherever possible green roofs
will be incorporated in the development.

“The central courtyard is conceived as a communal open space defined by lawn, water feature and communal space containing growing beds, barbeque areas and a viewing point overlooking the Water of Leith.”

A quarter of all flats on the site will be classed as affordable and managed by a local housing association.
A full planning application will be submitted next year
A full planning application will be submitted next year
A mixture of sedum roofs and accessible terraces will be employed
A mixture of sedum roofs and accessible terraces will be employed

7 Comments

basho
#1 Posted by basho on 12 Dec 2016 at 14:29 PM
I like the wonky roof theme going on. Interesting design all round. Good to see the back of that bleak warehouse site. Interesting how rapidly the former industrial-ish areas of Bonnington and Warriston are changing.
Islands of sanity
#2 Posted by Islands of sanity on 12 Dec 2016 at 15:14 PM
I particularly like the staggered gables to allow inhabitants to enjoys views of the WOL and the afternoon sun. The use of stipas in the courtyard garden is a nice touch, even if we are 20 years behind the Dutch.
Cateran
#3 Posted by Cateran on 12 Dec 2016 at 22:42 PM
I assume they're not part of the scheme, but these railings alongside the road are horrendous and remove any connectivity the buildings have with the river.
Bill S
#4 Posted by Bill S on 13 Dec 2016 at 09:43 AM
Cateran, they are part of an existing flood alleviation scheme and comprise a raised walkway adjacent to the Water of Leith, separated from the road by those balustrades on one side, and the river by a wall on the other. They will be there for a long time...
Mig
#5 Posted by Mig on 13 Dec 2016 at 13:12 PM
not too shaby....
jammy
#6 Posted by jammy on 13 Dec 2016 at 15:15 PM
looks good, but how about some small commercial elements??
CADMonkey
#7 Posted by CADMonkey on 13 Dec 2016 at 16:33 PM
At least it's not brick.

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