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August 25 2017

Napier University brings forward office to student housing bid
Edinburgh’s Napier University is bidding to transform a defunct 1970’s office block off Robb’s Loan to form 337 student bedrooms and associated amenities.

The move will see CDA reconfigure the H-plan Pentland House through removal and replacement of access cores to offer more efficient circulation while making the property more suitable for standard residential use in future if required.

Externally it is proposed to remove bands of horizontal windows and brick panels to be replaced by aluminium cladding and all new double glazing, while retaining as much of the existing façade as possible.

Explaining their approach the architects stated: “The existing building has a very clear modern language with a select palette of materials – two tones of brick, ribbed concrete panels with a horizontal ribbon of aluminium framed glazing with projecting brick infill panels. It is our intention to remove the horizontal band of windows and intermediate brick panels and replace with high quality aluminium clad double glazed windows, designed to reflect the layouts within with modern aluminium cladding panels between windows.”

A car park to the front of the building will also be re-landscaped to offer a softer pedestrian entrance, incorporating formally landscaped courtyards.
A ribbon of tarmac will be ripped up to soften the buildings frontages
A ribbon of tarmac will be ripped up to soften the buildings frontages
Low floor to ceiling heights of 3m make Pentland House no longer suitable for office use
Low floor to ceiling heights of 3m make Pentland House no longer suitable for office use

4 Comments

StyleCouncil
#1 Posted by StyleCouncil on 25 Aug 2017 at 12:45 PM
Grim building with a grim refurbishment.
Just grim.
Graeme McCormick
#2 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 25 Aug 2017 at 12:54 PM
Back to drawing board, please? A living wall might help interspersed with neon logarithms
basho
#3 Posted by basho on 25 Aug 2017 at 13:57 PM
Nice try. If you want to make a chunk o' change from student flats, at least spend a few quid recladding it. Good opportunity to transform this ugly building - no planning should be given unless that's part of the proposal.
Sven
#4 Posted by Sven on 27 Aug 2017 at 18:43 PM
Brown brick must be the most boring of all building materials and will never go out of fashion as it has never been in fashion.

Cladding the brown brick with a glazed red or yellow brick or metal cladding would produce a 'very clear modern language' and the red would fit with Napier's corporate colouring.

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