Revised Dean Village housing plans submitted
January 6 2015Belford House, Edinburgh - this time incorporating an Edwardian coach works – after their original application was refused.
To achieve this Michael Laird Architects propose converting and extending Douglas House to form nine flats alongside office accommodation together with the construction of 40 new build apartments and three townhouses.
Finished in natural stone and brick the properties would have underground parking and are arranged around a landscaped courtyard and are intended to present improved proportion and scale to the street in contrast to the present 1980s office block.
In their design statement the architects wrote: “Profiled metal cladding will be used on key areas that are set back from the main line to create a layered aesthetic and a texture that reflects the profile of timber cladding, a finish that is common throughout the Dean Village.”
#1 Posted by neil on 6 Jan 2015 at 14:23 PM
This is a huge improvement on the previous scheme. The previous scheme seemed to be generic 21st century Edinburgh elevation pasted in place (stone clad barcode style) whereas this has hugely broken down the massing and designed it to fit the complexity of the context. I think there could still be some improvement on the detail of how Douglas House is treated - particularly the dormers which look a bit incongruous - but definitely in the right direction.
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