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83 student flats proposed for Craigmillar

April 19 2016

83 student flats proposed for Craigmillar
A disused office on Mayfield Road, Edinburgh, is to be demolished to allow development of 83 self-contained studio flats for students designed by Kenneth Reid Architects.

Located close to the University of Edinburgh King’s Building campus the scheme seeks to reinforce the existing streetscape opposite Craigmillar golf course by bridging gap in terraced properties to either side.

In their design statement the architects said: “The horizontal and vertical breaking up of the front elevation allows the building to relate well to its surroundings. The horizontal lines echo the neighbouring ridge and eaves height allowing the building to gracefully transition the change in street level. The vertical lines divide the facade into units similar in length to the terraced properties to the South picking up on the mirroring bay window configuration. It repeats this approach on the North end by replicating the pattern of the terraced housing and incorporating a unit of similar width matching through with the height of the ridge and eaves adjacent.”

Faced in buff and off-white roughcast render and cast stone cladding the property will include a ‘glass vertical feature’ to denote transition to an existing terrace.
Existing substandard buildings will be demolished to make way for the scheme
Existing substandard buildings will be demolished to make way for the scheme
The student flats will rise opposite Craigmillar golf course
The student flats will rise opposite Craigmillar golf course


#1 Posted by Neil on 19 Apr 2016 at 12:11 PM
'Substandard buildings' indeed. I've always rather liked the wee streamlined 1930s block adjoining the garage - a pity to see it go for something this clumsily-massed. And what's going on with the ghosted-out top floor - an attic atop an attic - are KRA hoping nobody will notice it? Or that this is already a good two storeys higher than all the neighbouring buildings even without it? Poor.
#2 Posted by Matt on 19 Apr 2016 at 16:00 PM
Completely ridiculous. Out of scale, out of character and void of any understanding of context. UR does this actually have planning!!?
Budgie Smuggler
#3 Posted by Budgie Smuggler on 19 Apr 2016 at 16:33 PM
Not actually in Craigmillar....but Liberton/ Newington.
Appallingly bad treatment, looks like a crap in-fill office from the nineties...WTF is that projecting flat roof eves detail all about...on both set backed top stories.
The relationship between the terrace next door- a small 2 storey, dormer cottage and the 5 stories proposed is frightening!
Straight red.
Islands of sanity
#4 Posted by Islands of sanity on 23 Apr 2016 at 14:40 PM
Passed this site in Liberton today on the bus. To paraphrase the German guy on Gogglebox, " Foc.... hell." This is town cramming at its wurst.

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