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No rest in Edinburgh's student accommodation rush

January 8 2024

No rest in Edinburgh's student accommodation rush

Balfour Beatty has shared detailed plans for the first student accommodation block of the New Year in the form of a 174-bed Edinburgh development.

Destined for the site of the former base of the Scottish Law Commission the jmarchitects designed building will cater to the city's burgeoning student population through the provision of a high-density mix of cluster rooms and studios.

Restoring the street wall at 140 Causewayside the proposals will see the current building swept aside after being classed at 'medium' risk owing to its use of aerated concrete panels subject to minor cracking and spalling.

This would clear the way for re-establishing the historic building line while retaining a large offset to the rear for amenity space and the privacy of adjoining tenements. This is led by a north-facing courtyard garden hosting cycle stores and seating nooks, partially terraced to permit light to rooms on the lower ground floor.

Making use of green roofs the block will be finished in contrasting dark masonry set against light brick and natural stone, with decorative perforated panels used to provide safe openable windows.  

A terraced courtyard garden is offered to the rear
A terraced courtyard garden is offered to the rear
The masterplan emphasises biodiversity
The masterplan emphasises biodiversity

1 Comment

#1 Posted by Neighbour on 9 Jan 2024 at 14:09 PM
Formulaic but inoffensive infill...

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