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Old Town student flats to repair historic building line

March 9 2017

Old Town student flats to repair historic building line
Buile Developments have tabled updated proposals for removal of a single storey warehouse fronting Calton Road within the Old Town conservation area for replacement by a mixed-use structure comprising 283sq/m of commercial space and 83 studio flats for students.

Designed by JM Architects the project will address a number of issues raised by previous proposals to break down the massing into smaller scale elements, vary the roofline and offer an active street frontage.

In their design statement the practice wrote: “The new proposals break the overall massing down into 4 distinct parts along the Calton Road elevation. A recess and courtyard have been created within this facade and the roof heights and roofline are varied.

“The building is surrounded to the north and east by the wooded embankment leading up to Regent Road. Green roofs and living walls have been incorporated into the design to integrate the building with its natural surroundings.”

The new building will be formed from a varied palette of materials including natural stone, timber cladding, render and brick.


Graeme McCormick
#1 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 9 Mar 2017 at 11:44 AM
Flat roof not appropriate. the facade should give the impression of individual gable fronts in different colours and features
#2 Posted by Chris on 9 Mar 2017 at 15:25 PM
Has similarities to another Jmarchitects project on Holyrood Road which turned out well.
#3 Posted by Daniel on 9 Mar 2017 at 16:29 PM
Absolutely no issue with the flat roofs - just wish they'd do something with them, put in terraces or gardens or something. Particularly pertinent since this building will remain in single ownership.
#4 Posted by Terra on 11 Mar 2017 at 00:35 AM
Agreed with Daniel. More rooftop views!
#5 Posted by Shabba on 11 Mar 2017 at 07:47 AM
Cut n' paste commercial architecture. Zero response to site and context.

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