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Wilson + Gunn kickstart Edinburgh Marina masterplan

November 16 2017

Wilson + Gunn kickstart Edinburgh Marina masterplan
Wilson + Gunn Architects have pulled out plans for 162 homes from under their hat for Edinburgh Marina, a brownfield regeneration area in Granton with the capacity to deliver as many as 1,800 new homes - including 104 retirement flats.

Comprising a mix of flatted perimeter blocks and terraced houses with front and rear gardens the scheme is intended to encapsulate a permeable urban space facilitating pedestrian movements with dedicated parking offered below ground.

Orientated to maximise views across the Firth of Forth and a newly formed public park the development will also include semi-private landscaped courtyards with an overall form rooted in traditional tenement streetscapes.

Explaining their approach Wilson + Gunn wrote: “The design of the flatted buildings is based on the proportions and rhythm of traditional Edinburgh tenement buildings with pairs of flats either side of communal close entrances. Window openings are tall, elegant in proportion and arranged in pairs to reference the articulation of window bays in traditional Edinburgh tenements.

“The massing of the buildings is articulated with feature breaks at the entrances. The facade steps in at these points, and rises behind and above feature, triple-storey, metal clad entrance ‘surrounds’ at the close entrances. The upper storey is recessed allowing for balconies on the front elevation. The balconies are sheltered by oversailing metal roofs.”

Houses will employ a rusticated stone cladding on the lower floor with ‘feature’ render panels above, reminiscent of beach huts.
High quality public realm is promised
High quality public realm is promised
Robust apartments will shelter terraced houses
Robust apartments will shelter terraced houses


Bill S
#1 Posted by Bill S on 16 Nov 2017 at 17:39 PM
I wonder where these apartments are designed for? I am not sure where the Fourth is exactly...
#2 Posted by Egbert on 17 Nov 2017 at 14:19 PM
Hmm - it's all a bit 1998, isn't it? Also the jump in scale from 6 storey flats to 2 storey houses is pretty abrupt. Really not sure about this one. :/
Walt Disney
#3 Posted by Walt Disney on 17 Nov 2017 at 14:34 PM
I don't know why architects just don't admit that they were under pressure to get lots of units on the site, have a low build cost and design it so nobody gets killed when they're building it. The design statement is a masterpiece of post rationalisation.

If I was the client however I might be keeching ma breeks if their architects' QA process means that info goes to press with a significant typo! ....Firth of Fourth indeed....
#4 Posted by Jane on 8 Dec 2017 at 12:18 PM
Who is the nominated Companies for the build and Fit out?

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