Gorgie student surge shows no sign of slowing
May 2 2019
Developer S Harrison has communicated their intent to build a major student accommodation scheme on Westfield Road and Westfield Avenue, Gorgie.
A planning submission by ICA identifies the site of a disused retail unit for a 394-bedroom development spread across two separate blocks together with a communal space, breakout area, games room, gym, cinema and laundry.
Gavin Douglas, from S Harrison, commented: “This development will breathe new life into a prominent site that is within easy reach of many of Edinburgh’s leading universities. It’s in a sought-after location, with a large range of shops and leisure amenities on the doorstep, as well as being on many busy bus routes, Murrayfield tram stop is just a short walk away and it’s near Edinburgh’s Core Path network providing easy access by cycle and foot around the city. We’re also proposing to bring the City Car Club scheme to Westfield Avenue which will benefit both occupiers and surrounding neighbours.
“Despite there being strong demand from students in Edinburgh for high quality, purpose-built accommodation, there has been limited supply in recent years and this development, along with our Gorgie Road proposals, will help to alleviate the problem. Both schemes will also regenerate two disused brownfield sites and significantly help to free up housing stock in the area for local people and families.”
The developer is also progressing plans to convert a 1970s office block in the West Coates area of the city to hotel use and is investigating the potential of a 0.6-hectare site at Ocean Drive, Leith.