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Craig Amy wins planning for Edinburgh home

July 9 2012

Craig Amy wins planning for Edinburgh home
Planning permission has been granted for the conversion of a derelict stone building, just 200 yards from the Scottish Parliament, into a one bedroom home.

Located on the road from Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, just a stones throw from Scotland's political heart the property is currently on the Buildings at Risk Register and lies on the eastern boundary of the New Town conservation area.

Built into a railway embankment the structure is believed to originate from the early 19th century when it formed part of the former Abbeyhill Foundry.

With a footprint of 28sq/m the property will provide a bedroom, bathroom and small utility space on the ground floor with a stairwell leading to a kitchen and breakfast bar above. From there the spiral stair leads up to the main living area before ultimately culminating in a study space.

To accommodate this vertical requirement the roof will be raised by 600mm and a large dormer window will be installed with views out toward the Parliament and Arthur’s Seat beyond.

The home could be on site as early as September.
The existing structure is unlisted
The existing structure is unlisted


The man
#1 Posted by The man on 10 Jul 2012 at 16:45 PM
What a shame... I presume the architect had a 5 year old draw this up as a homework assignment. Lacks inventiveness. 'we need more space guv, I know lets raise the roof and whack a stonking big dormer on it'. Just on the side, I thought photoshop was supposed to illustrate a scheme at its best.
Bill Simpson
#2 Posted by Bill Simpson on 10 Jul 2012 at 17:12 PM
Having walked past this small property on my way home for the past few months, wondering curiously what lay in store for it's fate, it's fantastic to see someone take up an interest in it. The scheme seems to work very well, and with a limited footprint the Architect does well in organising the interior, with a clever contemporary version of a dormer orientated towards the views. It may butt up against a road, skanky bridge and railway line, but there is no reason why these brownfield sites should not be converted. Good job.
Rem Koolbag
#3 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 10 Jul 2012 at 17:23 PM
Being a bit harsh here the man? And come on - using the classic 'my 5 year old could do better with a crayon and piece of paper' argument is hardly great debate is it? I mean, my 4 year old could come up with a better argument than that....

So, the scheme actually looks pretty nice. Unfamiliar with the immediate context outside of the shot shown, but what I can see looks pretty interesting and I like the idea of the whole thing being black.

Slightly confused as to the roof structure though - appears to show the ridge sloping up from the front, against perspective, to the dormer. Perhaps this is just poor photoshop (my 3 year old could probably do better) though.

Well done!
The WoMan
#4 Posted by The WoMan on 10 Jul 2012 at 17:23 PM
Well done The man - you've obviously not had much experience with CoEC.
This scheme makes the best of a listed building on a very tricky site in the heart of a conservation area. I like the scale of the dormer and knowing Craig Amy's work, this'll be really well executed.
#5 Posted by jasper on 10 Jul 2012 at 17:43 PM
From the planning drawings it looks to be a really neat use of space internally, and the dormer might even catch a view of the Parliament and hills beyond. It'll pay for itself if it gets rented out in August. Absolutely perfect place to crash after crawling down the 'mile.
'The Man' s Man
#6 Posted by 'The Man' s Man on 11 Jul 2012 at 08:35 AM
I must say, I agree with 'The Man'. The use of space is somewhat inventive, if not a little tight, but there is still a little wasted space in there. But the dormer is a just bit of an amateurish and lazy approach to take. Some nice chrome rooflights would be better in providing light to the upstairs whilst reducing the interference with the original building. I think if we got the 5 year old and a 3 year old together we could come up with something truly outstanding.
Yer Ma
#7 Posted by Yer Ma on 11 Jul 2012 at 10:36 AM
Without seeing the plans and sections, it doesn't look like you would get that much headroom upstairs with skylights. At least the big dormer will make the upper floor interior a bit more spacious.
Also to berate the presentation is a bit of a joke. Let's not forget that this is a domestic property. Whilst we're used to seeing super real CGIs for large commercial based proposals these days, how many residential architects can incorporate this into their fee without scaring off domestic clients. I'd say this was a pretty good crack without going so far that the architect has to undertake the visualisation for free.
Rem Koolbag
#8 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 11 Jul 2012 at 12:11 PM
Hey - not berating anyone about the visuals. I was saying I was confused about the form of the roof as the angle of the shot was such that the roof could either be sloping up from the front to meet the dormer height, or the perspective was slightly off and it had a different vanishing point.

Correct use of perspective should not be an optional extra in a planning submission or in any work by any architect. Also, nowhere is there any criticism about the lack of 'super real' images. I love the style used here.

But lets not have this detract from what is a nice wee scheme eh?

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