Leith Walk backcourt set for student housing infill
November 17 201658 studio flats on the site of a former warehouse off Leith Walk, Edinburgh, in a sign of unfinished appetite for student housing amongst developers.
The backcourt project is remote from university campuses in the city but despite this the developers are confident of attracting tenants owing to the central locale.
Accessible by way of a vennel off Leith Walk the property will sit in front of its own entrance courtyard nestled behind a perimeter of historic tenement blocks and a modern housing estate.
An imposing boundary wall currently in-situ will be harnessed to mask a relatively large ground floor footprint which will include break-out areas, a laundry, bike store and reception before reducing in the floors above, which step in deference to neighbours.
The architects stated: “The SE elevation has two angled projections which allow additional studios to be accommodated while minimising the effect of the overall volume and re-enforcing the courtyard effect.
“The central glass strip which marks the circulation ‘spine’ divides the volume still further. The massing of the building down the centre of the site gives plenty of amenity space around the building with a single storey glazed vestibule protruding orientated towards the entrance to the site.”
Ground floor elevations will be faced in engineering-style blue brick with coloured rainscreen cladding used in the floors above.
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