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April 18 2019

Student housing earmarked for the Water of Leith

ICA is leading efforts to create a 269-bed student residential build on vacant ground at 543 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, at the junction of Chesser Avenue and bordered by the Water of Leith.

The U-plan site will house two separate blocks of accommodation set amid private landscaped grounds with living/kitchen areas arranged vertically fronting Gorgie Road. Here a setback top floor is finished in a light grey render and carried down the centre of the gable to break the mass into two sections.

In a design statement, ICA wrote: “The gable of block A is immediately adjacent to a listed church and as such, is scaled appropriately so as not to diminish the character of its neighbour. In addition, the gable is set back within the site to allow a landscaped entrance and setting for the church.

“While block A is setback block B has a strong presence on Gorgie Road, reinforcing the urban streetscape and bringing an appropriate density to the site.”

Banded brickwork will break down the six-storey volume into a top, middle and base.

Massing steps down to respect the residential character of Chesser Grove
Massing steps down to respect the residential character of Chesser Grove
The site is bounded by the Water of Leith to the south
The site is bounded by the Water of Leith to the south

6 Comments

Stylecouncil
#1 Posted by Stylecouncil on 18 Apr 2019 at 11:32 AM
Man, thats grim....
A Local Pleb
#2 Posted by A Local Pleb on 18 Apr 2019 at 13:45 PM
Oh dear, ICA's residential designs are as mundane as their hotel work.
Daniel
#3 Posted by Daniel on 18 Apr 2019 at 14:21 PM
Isn't this the site that previously had an awful "mews house" development proposed for it?

Either way, I can see why everything here is so poor. The main road is so oppressive that it just doesn't matter what you're doing there, because... what's the point?
#4
#4 Posted by #4 on 18 Apr 2019 at 16:42 PM
Hunterston B Nuclear Power Station has more design sensitivity and elegance.

Jaded
#5 Posted by Jaded on 19 Apr 2019 at 07:25 AM
I can't think of any other country that would put up something so bleak on a nice stretch of river. It must take extra effort to make this so ugly.
John
#6 Posted by John on 19 Apr 2019 at 09:09 AM
Every single of these images proves how this design does not work.

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