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Morgan McDonnell return to Edinburgh’s Old Town with new homes

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June 20 2019

Morgan McDonnell return to Edinburgh’s Old Town with new homes

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.

The front facade will be split vertically into brick and sandstone sections
The front facade will be split vertically into brick and sandstone sections

6 Comments

Jam Apple
#1 Posted by Jam Apple on 20 Jun 2019 at 13:56 PM
Must use magic stonework as it loses a floor in the second view. Amazing what a vertical split can achieve!
Asimov
#2 Posted by Asimov on 20 Jun 2019 at 15:26 PM
That's because both images are so distoreted that you see about a dozen of perspective points. We definitely need a third image to prove the theory about fifth floor.
Daniel
#3 Posted by Daniel on 20 Jun 2019 at 16:06 PM
The "factory building" was formerly Studio 24, right?
Stylecouncil
#4 Posted by Stylecouncil on 20 Jun 2019 at 19:08 PM
A tour de force of banality, saved only by the comedy missing fifth storey.
oops
#5 Posted by oops on 21 Jun 2019 at 11:08 AM
Not only is there a missing floor, there seems to be different window / cladding configurations. Someone forget to update the renders?
Stevie Steve
#6 Posted by Stevie Steve on 21 Jun 2019 at 13:26 PM
Dull... Dull... Dull...

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