More student homes to complete an unfinished Edinburgh terrace
February 13 2020
Glencairn Properties have published plans to complete an unfinished Georgian street, by building new student accommodation at Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh.
Most recently left to languish as a disused petrol filling station the site has been taken on by Susan Stephen Architects who have penned a low-key infill scheme which takes its design cue from its unfinished neighbour, which currently ends abruptly at a rough exposed gable with exposed fireplaces and bricked up openings.
Picking up on the established street front with an active frontage and entrance hub the sandstone-clad scheme will end at a recessed element providing the listed Century General Store with room to breathe and adopt contrasting bronze fluted cladding.
Explaining the rationale behind a distinctive corner treatment the architects wrote: “This will aim to activate the corner of the site where the main common functions are.
“The lower floors treated like a solid plinth with large welcoming windows. The upper floors where the accommodation is located will be treated with the dark fluted cladding which will give a varied and modern elevation.”
At high-level a mixed treatment of a fully glazed extension and dormer windows is planned as a modern intervention to reduce perceived mass and articulate progression from historic to modern.