Fraser’s Muirhouse redevelopment plans detailed
April 13 2012
The development will provide 34 new social rented tenure units incorporating a mix of houses and flats on a site located in Pilton to the north-west of the city centre as part of wider regeneration efforts, including Austin Smith Lord's Muirhouse masterplan.
It will incorporate a pedestrian link between the new Craigroyston High School and St David’s RC and Pirriehall Primary School, and is located to the immediate north of an existing play park.
Conceived as an exemplar for the future development of the Pilton and Muirhouse areas of the city it will serve as the template for future development of up to 670 new homes in the area.
Project architect Robin Livingstone, told Urban Realm: “The development could be seen as a reaction to a lot of new housing being built in the city, which we view as overly complicated with too many materials.
“The approach for this building seeks to pick up on the principles the Smithsons described as ‘good ordinariness’, referencing the traditional tenement typologies of the New Town in Edinburgh, with a simple language of large repetitive window openings to allow as much daylight into the units as possible.
“The building will be formed in a limited palette of materials using red brick and concrete to create a robust monolithic form.”
Work on the project is scheduled to take place later in the year.
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