Morgan McDonnell return to Edinburgh’s Old Town with new homes
June 20 2019
Further change is on the cards for Edinburgh’s Calton Road with the submission of plans for 22 flats above a ground floor office space by Morgan McDonnell.
Set within the Old Town Conservation Area the build would sit in the medieval heart of the city although there are no listed buildings remaining either on the site itself or its immediate vicinity.
Planned works would see the remnants of a Victorian factory building which once rose through five floors demolished to new build residential block to be built around a central courtyard.
Discussing this design strategy in planning documents the architect wrote: “Continuing this varied streetscape our proposals split the Calton Road frontage into two sections: one a tall sandstone structure that signals entrance into Panmure Close and the second a brick element that articulates definition between ground floor office and upper-level residential accommodation.
“Between these two elements, a glazed slot provides separation and articulates entrance into the residential accommodation. To create supplementary articulation to the front façade, the top level has been set back slightly, softening the visual impact from street level.”
Separate recessed entrances will provide access to the residential and commercial spaces.