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Fountainbridge masterplan revisited to up affordable homes provision

March 7 2019

Fountainbridge masterplan revisited to up affordable homes provision

7N Architects have filed revised proposals for a new residential development at Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge, in order to provide a greater proportion of affordable homes.

Located adjacent to Edinburgh Printmakers the scheme form part of a wider masterplan for 434 homes and commercial space, transforming 11.5 acres of former industrial land into a new canalside neighbourhood.

In a statement the practice wrote: “Following detailed planning consent in 2016 and building on the work undertaken in close dialogue with the local community from 2013 onwards, the proposals have been adapted to fulfil City Edinburgh Council’s desire to deliver affordable housing within the development.

“These proposals have been developed as part of City of Edinburgh Council’s ambitions for affordable mid-market and market rented accommodation across the site. The revised plot aims to deliver 32 apartments for mid-market rent and 32 apartments for open market rent, with a new community growing space planned at the heart of the Fountainbridge residential development.”

A mix of apartments and colony-style homes will be built
A mix of apartments and colony-style homes will be built
The £200m masterplan occupies the site of the former McEwan's Brewery
The £200m masterplan occupies the site of the former McEwan's Brewery


#1 Posted by FFS on 7 Mar 2019 at 13:29 PM
Glad to see affordableH being delivered but this is REALLY disappointing architecture. Zero character or relation to place. It could be anywhere. The lack of articulation both with the roofscape and elevations is especially poor. This could have been so much better! Have 7N lost the will to live?

boaby wan
#2 Posted by boaby wan on 7 Mar 2019 at 14:47 PM
The edinburgh planners must be delighted by the use of the secret codeword for planning approvals:
"colony-style homes"
#3 Posted by Charlie_ on 7 Mar 2019 at 15:08 PM
As a Glaswegian I'm confused by this whole project - where's all the surface car parking and why has the block been closed off by building on all 4 sides of it?
#4 Posted by Philip on 7 Mar 2019 at 15:52 PM
Colony my 4rse.
The relationship with the Edinburgh Printmakers, by far the most positive piece of architecture within a 2 mile radius, is dismall.
#5 Posted by Daniel on 8 Mar 2019 at 09:38 AM
Really nice to see the building line pulled back and more pavement space created. That side is a nightmare for anyone walking.
#6 Posted by Inahuf on 9 Mar 2019 at 08:11 AM
For cuff’s sake, green those flat roofs! Really easy suds and bio-d win!
#7 Posted by Dulnain on 9 Mar 2019 at 21:39 PM
There is a strong line about affordable housing, the scheme being promoted doesn’t seen to be offering anything like is required. This could be a great development if only the City would push the affordability angle, the town is rapidly running out of central sites that can support a broad mix of tenure and will eventually be the poorer for it. Wake up Council!

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