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Meadowbank student housing plans submitted

March 11 2019

Meadowbank student housing plans submitted

Summix Capital have filed plans for a £15m student residential build on Edinburgh’s London Road to deliver 198 beds opposite Meadowbank Stadium and adjacent to a further proposal for 33 flats.

The energy-efficient design will include low flow toilets, taps and showers. On-site cycle storage will discourage car use, with just four dedicated spaces provided.

Architects 3DReid have arranged accommodation across a mix of studio and cluster spaces the accommodation will also provide a community room, common areas and laundry.

A spokesperson for Summix said: “The development serves to address the increasing demand for student accommodation, fulfilling the ambitious growth plans of universities in the city, which are key drivers of the economy. This also helps to reduce pressure on the private housing market as well as delivering a substantial amount in additional expenditure into the local economy.”

The same team are also bringing forward plans for 91 student flats on the Canongate.

The student flats will extend an ongoing denification of the area
The student flats will extend an ongoing denification of the area


#1 Posted by StyleCouncil on 11 Mar 2019 at 12:53 PM
HMP Meadowbank?
sally millar
#2 Posted by sally millar on 11 Mar 2019 at 16:42 PM
‘...taps and showers with on-site cycle storage...’
For goodness sake learn to use commas properly!
David Scott
#3 Posted by David Scott on 12 Mar 2019 at 06:41 AM
1. There is no Plan showing the exact location of this proposed construction. Where is it?
2. Remarkably ugly inappropriate bulk devoid of architectural features and bearing no connection with the urban heritage of Edinburgh
Steve Jobs
#4 Posted by Steve Jobs on 12 Mar 2019 at 07:33 AM
#2 accidental partridge
#5 Posted by Philip on 12 Mar 2019 at 07:37 AM
Can someone from 3D Reid explain the rationale behind the rank facade design? Not sure if anyone really gives a toss about the accommodation schedule.
4D Reid
#6 Posted by 4D Reid on 12 Mar 2019 at 08:41 AM
1. Receive client's brief.
2. Let your dog eat it.
3. Randomly dig something from lost projects freezer.
4. Write 3 paragraphs of jibbery jabbery 'urban village' or 'reduce pressure on the private housing market' (=more listings on AirBnb instead)
5. Profit

PS. Who on earth wants low flow shower?
#7 Posted by UR on 12 Mar 2019 at 08:52 AM
The site is located at 61-63 London Road. A location plan is available here
The ghost of Aldo Van Eyck
#8 Posted by The ghost of Aldo Van Eyck on 12 Mar 2019 at 10:35 AM
I dunno. Every so often UR throws up a proposal worthy of a 'can we stop and think about this' for a moment comment.

Taking a longer view, it would appear to me that as digital technology has advanced over the last 50 years, the cultural relevance and need of architecture retreats to the point of this meaningless building, which is where architecture ends up. Nowhere.

A joyless, incoherent assemblage devoid of idea and language, masquerading as architecture with a sheen of a sophistication and an understated graphic style of no substance, or narrative. Here is Architecture imitating the digital. Life imitating non-life. This could equally be a Premier Inn anywhere in London.

Forget about the economics. That has always been a constant.

As I said - I dunno. This is just for discussion. Looking back just 40-50 years ago at the 'creative' 70's (not at the awful) and even into the 80's (apart from the horror of pomo) architecture and architects seemed to me to be still alive then (examples abound), working in their own perhaps naive way to be creative.

But now?


I drove past that truly Orwellian student factory on Beith St in Glasgow the other day, called West 'Village'. A sign of the times. A period in history to be known in hindsight maybe as, 'when the bastards won?'

Of course, there are many reasons (or excuses) why this is the case. Way too many to go into a comments section on UR.
lobotomus architecturus
#9 Posted by lobotomus architecturus on 15 Mar 2019 at 14:32 PM

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