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Musselburgh homes win approval from planners

September 6 2017

Musselburgh homes win approval from planners
East Lothian Council has given its blessing to a development of 140 apartments at Mall Avenue, Musselburgh, by Dundas Estates and Development.

Designed by Michael Laird Architects the properties will occupy a former car park overlooking the River Esk, building on an existing outline consent to deliver a scheme of ‘detail and finesse’.

Arranged around a central landscaped area the homes are finished in brick and metal, specified to reference the site’s industrial past, with entrance provided by a new pedestrian avenue flanked by twin ‘feature gable ends’.

Explaining their intent the architects observed: “The configuration of the proposed buildings aims to establish an urban grain within the site to match that of the surrounding context.

“Pedestrian routes lead through a range of spaces whether it is the narrower areas between buildings or the larger landscaped or parking courtyards. The access from Mall Avenue leads pedestrians through a landscaped courtyard and allows for a future pedestrian route to the adjacent site to the south. The spaces are enhanced by the landscaping where low level walls, informal seating and feature planting and trees help define the spaces create routes and offer a mix of public and private spaces.”

Located near to Musselburgh Primary Care Centre the proposal takes the place of a former Tesco supermarket.
11 affordable homes will be included in the mix
11 affordable homes will be included in the mix
Outline plans for a monolithic facade along Mall Avenue have been tempered
Outline plans for a monolithic facade along Mall Avenue have been tempered


Auntie Nairn
#1 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 6 Sep 2017 at 14:27 PM
Funnily enough, that stupid corner detail looks exactly like the retail development they designed for Winchburgh - running out of ideas much?
#2 Posted by Philip on 6 Sep 2017 at 17:13 PM
Erm, looks like monolithic frontage is still there UR- 6 storey blocks throughout seem at odds with context. This is a river front site in Musselburgh, not Granton Harbour, not that the architect get this or give two hoots, it's all about the m2.
Pity about the bland design too.
Zoltan varga
#3 Posted by Zoltan varga on 6 Sep 2017 at 22:34 PM
Love the way the existing block of flats has more green amenity space than the entire new scheme put together
Cameron manson
#4 Posted by Cameron manson on 9 Nov 2019 at 18:40 PM
The old strip department looked less industrial
Brutalist architecture is lazy,and excusing it as a cap lift to the past use is disengenuous
People have got to live there and be proud of their homes Put some thought into this development

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