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Craigmillar town centre marches on

July 24 2017

Craigmillar town centre marches on
The forward march of Craigmillar town centre has taken another step with the preparation of plans by Anderson Bell + Christie on behalf of CCG and City of Edinburgh Council to build 122 flats and 66 terraced houses.

Comprising a mix of social, mid and full market rents the properties will flank new roads and public realm conforming to a wider site masterplan. As such prominent routes will be highlighted by way of ‘corner markers’ by stepping up in height to enhance the principal elevations along primary access points.

In their design statement the architects observed: “A simple and visually coherent palette of materials has been selected to complement the strong forms and massing of the proposals. The scheme is to be predominantly brick, with deeply revealed openings to give a robust appearance.

“A buff brick with a ‘multi’ appearance has been selected, and full brick reveals on principal façades will help ensure that a sense of weight and depth is retained. Windows are generally tall in proportion with larger openings provided to living / dining / kitchen spaces allowing for large amounts of daylight to enter homes.”

Shared closes will be characterized through the use of curtain walling while projecting headers are employed to add visual interest to the ground floor.
An urban park will connect Harewood Road with Niddrie Mains Drive
An urban park will connect Harewood Road with Niddrie Mains Drive
Housing throughout the estate will be unified through use of brick
Housing throughout the estate will be unified through use of brick


#1 Posted by Daniel on 24 Jul 2017 at 16:20 PM
I mean, it's not terrible, and at least the parking is mostly hidden in the interior, but it's not exactly inspiring either. What's with the almost-but-not-quite peripheral blocks and those pointless breaks? Why are the houses set back behind anonymous grassland? Who still thinks segregated pedestrian routes are a good idea?

It's a real shame line 3 of the tram is permanently stuck on the drawing board; it could've saved Craigmillar from this unfortunate fate as of high-density yet still car-dependent suburbia surrounding a retail park.
#2 Posted by Inahuf on 24 Jul 2017 at 17:42 PM
Sad now, the good urban design principles in earlier Craigmillar developments have been lost in the replication of forms tried in the 60's and largely replaced over the last 20 years with backlot parking, a lack of defensible fronts and backs, and walking zones that are not much used or easily observed and therefore can feel unsafe. Designing Streets anyone?
#3 Posted by StyleCouncil on 24 Jul 2017 at 20:08 PM
Endless blandness however 'not terrible' is a reasonable summary. The Lidl sponsored town centre with large frontage parking destroys all hope of a cohesive, sustainable and urban master plan.
#4 Posted by Ricardo on 25 Jul 2017 at 13:08 PM
Looks like an almost certain repeat of past mistakes with that path / open space strategy. Just makes me think of Stenhouse.

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