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EMA Architects table 139 home Abbeyhill development

August 10 2015

EMA Architects table 139 home Abbeyhill development
EMA Architects have submitted plans for the replacement of two large warehouses on an 8 hectare site off Abbey Lane, Edinburgh, with 139 apartments in a series of four and six storey blocks for Bellway.

The Abbeyhill scheme would incorporate new roads and footpaths to enhance permeability through the site and is intended to reinforce the urban fabric of the surrounding area with new street frontages and a

In their design statement EMA noted: “The design will reinforce the urban fabric of the surrounding area and create a place with character and identity with high quality positive street frontages and maximum permeability and encourage social interaction. The massing and urban form will work well with the immediate surroundings and adjoining sites which are likely to be developed in the future.”

A landscape buffer will be included to the south to mitigate the impact of an adjoining railway line, including a mixture of hedges, railings, walls and footpaths.


stevie Steve
#1 Posted by stevie Steve on 10 Aug 2015 at 13:46 PM
Looks a little cheaply done.. Does any of it respond to the amazing view of Arthur Seat behind the site?
#2 Posted by Clive on 11 Aug 2015 at 07:25 AM
#1, yes - there's a cracking view from the hot air balloon..
#3 Posted by pat on 11 Aug 2015 at 09:47 AM
#2, that ain't no hot air balloon - it's a desk fan that I chucked oot ma penthoose windae at the car that's parked in ma space! That'll teach em.
Bill S
#4 Posted by Bill S on 11 Aug 2015 at 12:50 PM
#2 and #3 if we are feeling particularly gracious to EMA, the hot air balloon could be a witty reference to James Tytler who was the first person in Britain to ascend in a hot air balloon back in 1784. He did it in this part of Edinburgh just across the railway line from the site, hence nearby developments being named after him, Tytler Court and Tytler Gardens.

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