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Bonnington supported living project breaks cover

June 26 2017

Bonnington supported living project breaks cover
Susan Stephen Architects have brought forward plans to build 24 supported living apartments at West Bowling Green Street, Edinburgh, on behalf of HB Villages.

Situated off the Water of Leith in the Bonnington area of the city the scheme will improve connections to the Millenium Walkway, establishing a continuous route along the river bank overlooked by a residents garden.

The architecture of the block takes its cue from the industrial character of the area with a four-storey mass, broken up by façade setbacks and continuous vertical glazing to denote access cores.    

In their design statement the architects wrote: “Materials which would complement and enhance the surrounding area were considered in the design.  A red facing brick was chosen to further strengthen the reference to industrial, warehouse and tenemental architecture.

“The use of a lighter coloured brick and grey panels at corridors and the entrance breaks up the formality of the facade. The proportions of the openings and grey cladding panels create a vertical emphasis to the facade.”

Public realm improvements will include porous paving to encourage rainwater filtration.
The former industrial area is rapidly adopting a residential character
The former industrial area is rapidly adopting a residential character


#1 Posted by Zed on 26 Jun 2017 at 15:27 PM
Man, you is ugly.
Graeme McCormick
#2 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 26 Jun 2017 at 20:00 PM
When you consider the superb brick built industrial buildings legacy we have lost in Scotland like Ferguslue Mills in Paisley this building is woeful.
#3 Posted by Cadmonkey on 27 Jun 2017 at 12:20 PM
In terms of massing, detailing and buildability this proposal perfectly reflects the austere times in which we live.
It also is a product of architects fees being driven to such a low level that there is no time to spend on design.
Daphne & Celeste
#4 Posted by Daphne & Celeste on 27 Jun 2017 at 13:55 PM
U.G.L.Y. You ain't got no Alibi
#5 Posted by Inahuf on 28 Jun 2017 at 07:18 AM
A prison for the vulnerable! Let's hope none of the people need support for poor mental health as this isn't going to raise any spirits.

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