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February 7 2019

New Fountainbridge takes shape with Freer Street canal quarter

The rejuvenation of Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge has taken a significant step forward with the submission of mixed-use plans by 3DReid and Vastint Hospitality centred on Freer Street.

Second phase plans for New Fountainbridge will include 234 homes  for private rent as well as 745sq/m of commercial space in properties ranging from studios through to three-bedroom family homes; including town houses, duplex apartments and ‘penthouse’ suites with access to their own private rooftop terrace.

In a statement the architects wrote: “3DReid has submitted planning for phase 2 of Vastint Hospitality’s ambitious plans for New Fountainbridge: a mixed use development offering office, hotel, residential, retail and community uses set within a public realm in the heart of Edinburgh.

“The proposed development site at Fountainbridge has been vacant since 2005. The mixed use proposals comprise a Moxy hotel, grade A office, BTR residential, small units for business / retail / social enterprise and public realm. The masterplan of pedestrian routes and green spaces will re-connect Fountainbridge to the Union Canal.”

Images produced by Dalgety Design.

Freer Street will be transformed into a shared space under the plans
Freer Street will be transformed into a shared space under the plans
Landscaped courtyards will offer private amenity space
Landscaped courtyards will offer private amenity space

New pedestrian routes will unlcok the former industrial site
New pedestrian routes will unlcok the former industrial site
The canal frontage will be brought back into active use
The canal frontage will be brought back into active use

5 Comments

StyleCouncil
#1 Posted by StyleCouncil on 7 Feb 2019 at 17:02 PM
Get it built...at least just to hide the crap that's there already and to in-fill a stagnant gash in the city. Glad to see residential development too.
Very mediocre architecture though, 2009 brick Amsterdam vintage with 2013 vintage gold windows is all bit meh. Sarnafil should do well out of this one. At least there are no massive foreheads or tiresome random windows.
Steve
#2 Posted by Steve on 7 Feb 2019 at 17:25 PM
I welcome the development if/when it comes, but find the prevailing architectural style in the area, which this scheme proposes to replicate, highly monotonous. The new Printmakers Centre (the converted rubber factory) offers some welcome relief further west.
Inahuf
#3 Posted by Inahuf on 7 Feb 2019 at 23:01 PM
5th elevation is really poor. What about some sedum roofs, wildlife planting and spaces for folk to get out?
Youwot
#4 Posted by Youwot on 8 Feb 2019 at 09:34 AM
@Inahuf

To be seen from where exactly?
Chris S
#5 Posted by Chris S on 13 Feb 2019 at 13:45 PM
Looks very uninspired. Late 20th century.
Better than nothing but why not stuff like Sedum roofs and interesting spaces as per previous comment

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