‘Polite’ student flats to rise in Edinburgh’s Old Town
February 19 2018custom-built student accommodation block at 179 Canongate in Edinburgh’s Old Town Conservation Area.
This will require demolition of existing unlisted properties to make room for 115 studio and cluster flats alongside a small commercial unit, common areas and laundry while establishing a pedestrian through route by creating an entrance off Gladstone Court to a new landscaped courtyard.
In their design and access statement the architects wrote: “Recognising the surrounding vernacular and importance of adjacent buildings the proposals have been developed to create a polite intervention in the street-scape and to positively contribute to its surroundings.”
Designed to provide a variegated roofscape the new homes will make use of reclaimed stone at ground level with upper floors making use of a combination of zinc, ashlar sandstone and render below a pitched standing seam zinc roof.
BoyesRees added: “We haven’t resorted to pastiche such as the inclusion of dormers, corbels or chimneys. As such our roofscape is a modern interpretation, including modern high quality standing seam metal cladding, of the architectural language prevailing nearby.”
The scheme will join New Waverley in transforming a former industrial area to the west of Waverley Station.
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