Watkin Jones progress Abeyhill student residences
February 10 2015450 bed spaces at Abbeyhill, Edinburgh, the latest in a series of nationwide collaborations with Manson Architects.
Intended to repair a fractured streetscape in the vicinity the scheme is conceived as a crescent block bordering Abbeymount and a neighbouring L-shaped block bordering Abbeyhill with the creation of a ‘Georgian-style basement condition’ around the site.
In their design statement Manson wrote: “The desire is to create a positive contrast between the inner (courtyard) facades and the outer (street) facades. Through use of a limited palette of materials the intention is to create a restrained and elegant building which rests comfortably as a contemporary addition to the area.”
This limited palette will consist of buff brickwork and pale cast-stone with areas of timber panel cladding with new planting and wider pavements introduced to improve the pedestrian environment.
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