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Edinburgh office to residential push gathers pace with Chesser House conversion

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April 5 2018

Edinburgh office to residential push gathers pace with Chesser House conversion
MCR Property Group have launched a £30m redevelopment of Edinburgh’s Chesser House on Gorgie Road, converting the disused office block into housing together with ground floor retail and an on-site gym.

Open plan floorplates will be subdivided to form 163 individual apartments, with a new build penthouse floor maximising the available floorspace and completing its transformation into Embankment West.

Chris Taylor, managing director of MCR division Regency Residential commented: “Edinburgh’s population exceeds half a million and is growing, but there continues to be a major issue with undersupply of quality homes. Considering the city’s documented potential, developing residential space is absolutely key.

“Embankment West is designed to dramatically enhance the area, providing well-designed and affordable housing that meets the needs of this increasingly popular city. We’re excited to be a part of Edinburgh’s significant growth as it continues to make an impact on a global stage.”

Overseen by EMA Architects the project will include increased glazing at ground floor level in an attempt to soften the fortress-like massing of the current block.
A new penthouse level will maximise floorspace on the premium upper levels
A new penthouse level will maximise floorspace on the premium upper levels
An example of the type of kitchen future occupiers can expect
An example of the type of kitchen future occupiers can expect

RankinFraser have been tasked with improving the public realm, principally the approach to the Water of Leith
RankinFraser have been tasked with improving the public realm, principally the approach to the Water of Leith

11 Comments

TepidMouse
#1 Posted by TepidMouse on 5 Apr 2018 at 22:20 PM
Lost for words, astoundingly shocking. Acres of surface car parking in the inner city too. Good grief!
Bill S
#2 Posted by Bill S on 5 Apr 2018 at 23:05 PM
#1, it is an existing building that is being converted. That is the ultimate form of sustainability right there.
posh steak
#3 Posted by posh steak on 6 Apr 2018 at 08:34 AM
#2 exactly Bill S...why bother changing anything if that's your ultimate form of sustainability. im sure every home loves a desk and a conference suite...
Daniel
#4 Posted by Daniel on 6 Apr 2018 at 10:12 AM
That stretch of Gorgie Road is in desperate need of some kind of planning framework. Piecemeal speculative development and minimal public realm improvement is not a great way to build a new residential place along an arterial road.
Bill S
#5 Posted by Bill S on 6 Apr 2018 at 14:22 PM
"#2 exactly Bill S...why bother changing anything if that's your ultimate form of sustainability. im sure every home loves a desk and a conference suite..."

Well posh streak, I never insinuated that that nothing should be changed. I clearly stated that it was the ultimate form of sustainability because an existing building is being retained and re-purposed. This was in response to TepidMouse who called it shocking, making mention of the car-parking thereby suggesting they did not realise it was an existing building.

I personally think it's great that redundant city centre buildings can be re-purposed and I am keen than Developers explore this option. This will not suit all city centre sites of course, but I am all for it.
alibi
#6 Posted by alibi on 6 Apr 2018 at 20:38 PM
Post 4 nails it.
Posh steak
#7 Posted by Posh steak on 6 Apr 2018 at 22:42 PM
#5 I don't think anyone doesn't know it's an existing building. Defending a developer who is doing as little as possible under some pseudo ultimate sustainability claptrap....good for you. Hopefully the planners will look for something beyond a mid range holiday inn style.
Billy
#8 Posted by Billy on 7 Apr 2018 at 09:21 AM
Still looks like a sixties office block to me. Why are we so keen to let beautiful buildings fall in to such a bad state demolition is the only answer yet preserve these horror blocks? The only purpose they serve is as a reminder of what not to build. Obviously the cheaper option is to refurbish these for maximum profit but would you want to live in one?
gaypawel
#9 Posted by gaypawel on 7 Apr 2018 at 19:24 PM
I dint get why the council uses it. I like recyling so its good news.
Bill S
#10 Posted by Bill S on 9 Apr 2018 at 09:54 AM
#7, ah fair enough. I see, you are taking umbrage because I suggested it was good that a building was converted, rather than demolished and replaced by a terrible new development....good for you.
You cant fit quicker than a kwik fit fitter
#11 Posted by You cant fit quicker than a kwik fit fitter on 10 Apr 2018 at 11:12 AM
Anyone up for a game of 'Spot the MCR Property Employee?'

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