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RBS outline residential-led Fettes Campus overhaul

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November 14 2016

RBS outline residential-led Fettes Campus overhaul
Michael Laird Architects and Royal Bank of Scotland have prepared a planning in principle application for the redevelopment of land at Dundas Street/Fettes Row, on land owned by the banking group.

This will see existing office buildings swept away in favour of a 47,450sq/m residential-led scheme with the potential to include retail, a hotel, care home and offices.

New spaces and connections will knit the development into the surrounding neighbourhood; including a public square off Dundas Street and a pocket park connecting King George V Park.

In their design statemen the architects wrote: “Our 3d images show an indicative approach to the architectural treatment of the buildings. Although we are not applying for a detailed consent with complete building designs, the proposals have been compiled to promote an architectural approach that is befitting of the sensitive context.”

This approach will see existing blocks to the north ‘repaired’ to sit alongside a series of modern free-standing blocks to the south. Intended to be formed form glass and metal panels these would reflect views of the surroundings and add a new layer of history to the area.
Blocks will step down to the south in deference to the landscape setting
Blocks will step down to the south in deference to the landscape setting
New areas of public realm will thread the buildings together
New areas of public realm will thread the buildings together

3 Comments

Terra
#1 Posted by Terra on 15 Nov 2016 at 03:12 AM
I like it. But, for me what really tops it off and brings it to life is the greenery. A lot of development proposals have renders done with trees dotted about purely just to make it look nice in the picture but end up foregoing planting during construction. Never underestimate the power of trees (lol) and substantial greenery, shrubs etc, to really add to and complete a project. Especially this, as by the looks of these renders, trees, bushes, etc seem to be a prominent part of the design, which is great.
El Capitano
#2 Posted by El Capitano on 15 Nov 2016 at 10:09 AM
Terra, couldn't agree more.
Islands of sanity
#3 Posted by Islands of sanity on 15 Nov 2016 at 14:07 PM
Agree with the above. In Germany, Netherlands etc., greenery is seen as having psychological, pollution and micro climate benefits. We need more focus on Placemaking as opposed to buildings and integrated and holistic solutions.

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