Edinburgh nursery grows up with a residential bid
August 29 2019
An Edinburgh nursery is set to make way for three conjoined townhouses under planning proposals brought forward by Block9 Architects for the Plewlands Conservation Area.
The Headstart Nursery School on Morningside Drive will be demolished to allow the creation of modern homes taking their massing cue from an adjacent Victorian terrace and stretching from a basement level through private gardens to a roof terrace.
In practice, this sees the townhouse immediately adjacent to the neighbouring terrace given a smaller penthouse level to help mediate the change in scale.
In a design statement the architects stated: “The ground floor of each townhouse – articulated in charred timber cladding - is intended to read as a plinth that supports the more keenly expressed first and second floor, clad in stone; while the scale and positioning of window openings provide balance and rhythm on each facade - a considered, contemporary interpretation of the adjacent terrace.”
A high-quality materials palette of buff/grey sandstone, charred timber and anthracite brick has been selected for the build.
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