A-listed Calton church set for new neighbours
January 31 2019
AS Homes and George Buchanan Architects have worked up plans for a development of 40 flats adjacent to the A-listed St Mary’s Church, Calton, as the first phase of a larger regeneration project.
Fronting Abercrombie and Forbes Street the proposed scheme would skirt an historic burial ground, retained as amenity space, with a materials palette comprising facing brick, rainscreen cladding and metal balustrades.
In a design statement the architects wrote: “The aspect of each flat has been carefully considered to ensure their principal rooms overlook garden space in lieu of parking / bin stores.
“The garden space has been positioned to tie with the future phase landscaping, with particular regard to the historic burial ground and it’s restrictions on construction.
“Along street frontages, the blocks have been held back circa two metres from the pavement to allow the installation of a wall and railing with hedging and shrubbery behind. This softens the edge of the development whilst providing an attractive defensible zone.”
Picking up on the vertical emphasis of adjacent buildings the project includes vertically aligned windows with cladding elements highlighting points of entry.