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Grosvenor pushes ahead with next phase of Springside development

June 19 2015

Grosvenor pushes ahead with next phase of Springside development
Grosvenor Developments have lodged plans to build the next phase of their Springside development, opting for a private rental model for the Fountainbridge build.

Drawn up by Comprehensive Design Architects and HTA Design the plans call for p to 400 homes to be built and managed by Grosvenor on the brownfield site, in addition to a public square, commercial and retail space with rooftop and foyer community areas.

Grosvenor’s director of city centre developments commented: “This is an exciting time for Fountainbridge and we are committed to supporting the regeneration of the wider area for the long-term. Our proposals aim to provide homes, public spaces and amenities that will help the community grow and establish the neighbourhood as one of the best places to live in Edinburgh.”

Should planning permission be forthcoming Grosvenor intend to move on site with the first batch of 141 homes in 2016.

The build-to-rent market has taken off in British cities in recent months as institutional investors seek longer term returns amidst growing rental demand fueled by a worsening housing crisis.


#1 Posted by David on 19 Jun 2015 at 12:26 PM
Never have I seen so much brickwork do so little!

Expect to see the reality of cost altering this design considerably.
A Local Pleb
#2 Posted by A Local Pleb on 19 Jun 2015 at 13:32 PM
Bland boring boxes! Looks as if it will lend itself to modular construction of the type frequently seen in many fast track budget hotels...oh deary me.
#3 Posted by David on 19 Jun 2015 at 14:22 PM
What are you expecting to see Local Pleb if this is what you consider a 'bland boring box'?
#4 Posted by james on 19 Jun 2015 at 15:42 PM
Pending seeing further planning details on the portal, while the effort is appreciated to make this residential development look 'sculptural' through a singularity of material choice, i think there are some odd architectural things in the mix here.

Brick in tension? Never a good idea, surely? Even if some components may be precast (we'll see - slips have their own issues) ask Page and Park about their constructional experience of this whizz at their Museum of Scottish Country Life and even that brick ceiling was internal!

Interesting comment re 'modular'. That's how it looks, (certainly not boring or bland) but it'll probably be anything but. Yes, rather than residential, it does looks hotel-like, or office-like because of the uniformity of the 'module' or milk-crate effect. Is there any danger of some blank walls to contrast with the grid? (like Moneo's Bankinter Office building) Or do architects always have to grind down their design using a misguided logic regarding 'equality' of the units rather than be compositional?

Any visual effect of the alternate handing of the splayed brickwork is lost among the dominant structural grid. Also the square brick columns on the leading external corners are intrinsically visually weak and belie the main splayed 'facade', but overall, on first impressions - not compositionally lyrical enough, or enough variation or contrasts expressing the differing conditions of the site, hence it looks a bit of a richly articulated homgenous mush.

Not sure that a grid best serves a residential programme. Of course, there are thousands of examples that'd say otherwise. Anyway, look forward to seeing more on the portal. I do like keeping the use of different materials to a minimum though.

Oh well, clearly, it's a Friday afternoon. :-)
#5 Posted by Rabbie on 19 Jun 2015 at 17:39 PM
I need to see a site plan before I can make sense of this. It looks very thin for the proposed site.
The Bairn
#6 Posted by The Bairn on 20 Jun 2015 at 10:59 AM
On a more positive note the appointment of CDA is an improvement on the other Edinburgh based architects involved during the projects early phases.
In my humble opinion they are capable of better design and might produce a more dynamic end product. Early days though.
Auntie Nairn
#7 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 22 Jun 2015 at 13:52 PM
The splays to the reveals do give it a bit of interest, but the fact they are reversed each floor, betrays it as shallow pattern-making other than something with substance - an interesting start.
A Local Pleb
#8 Posted by A Local Pleb on 23 Jun 2015 at 13:30 PM
David #3 something that shows more imagination in terms of material use and a more varied form/massing/elevation treatment that avoids the repetitive modular result you see in this image. Is a rigid 'graph' paper treatment the right answer. Its obviously someone's cup of tea, but hey its just not mine.

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