Student housing earmarked for the Water of Leith
April 18 2019
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.