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March 17 2016

Currie paper mill makes way for 53 riverfront homes
Dunbar Homes has tabled proposals for 53 houses by the Water of Leith, Edinburgh, designed by Yeoman McAllister Architects.

Situated on the site of a former paper mill in Currie, seven miles from the city centre, the project takes the form of five separate blocks varying in height from three to four storeys in response to the topography.

In their design statement the architects observed: “As well as employing simple distinctive aesthetics, the homes have been built to offer sustainable living, and take full advantage of solar gain through the highly glazed south-facing rear elevations.

“Blocks located along the riverbank would follow the same relationship, with
habitable rooms to the rear over viewing the river and a lower ground floor flat sited into the existing topography of the site. It is intended to provide all dwellings with private outdoor space, mainly by way of an external balcony or terrace.

“The proposed street frontage to Lanark Road West is intended to sit below the height of the existing dwellings opposite. Access on the ground floor level would be via a ‘bridge’ arrangement which allows the building to be set back from the road some six metres, and allow daylight to the windows located on the lower ground floor level.”

Composed of buff brick, timber rain screen, gabion walls and sloping roofs these are intended to have a ‘semi-rural look’ and will include a new green space fronting the river.
12 of the planned homes will be classed as affordable
12 of the planned homes will be classed as affordable
All homes will come with their own terraces and balconies
All homes will come with their own terraces and balconies


#1 Posted by basho on 17 Mar 2016 at 12:56 PM
Cue howls of protest from anyone who lives near there - despite this bit of land being an undeveloped dump for decades.
I think these designs look pretty good. I'm just disappointed there isn't a mysterious giant white cube in there somewhere - like their Colinton Road proposal. Pity - I'd hoped this was going to become a signature feature of all YM projects.
#2 Posted by CADMonkey on 17 Mar 2016 at 13:24 PM
Is it not just a tad lazy?
Loving the mature tree poking out of the close between the 2 buildings.
#3 Posted by Gringo on 18 Mar 2016 at 11:26 AM
Glad to see they've used ALL the materials....
#4 Posted by Stevo on 21 Mar 2016 at 09:44 AM
Classy looking buildings. Glad to see this site being developed as it's been an eyesore for years.
Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

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