Mixed residential to bring new life to Edinburgh's Abbey Lane
July 21 2020
Detailed plans for a major mixed-use development at Abbey Lane, Edinburgh, have been authored by Allan Murray Architects and CDA.
Led by Artisan Real Estate and Unite Students the project seeks to rehabilitate 0.5 acre of ex-industrial land at the junction with Spring Gardens with three new-build blocks framing a landscaped courtyard.
Introducing a mix of 66 mainstream residential flats and 298 student beds the development will be accessible via a new north/south route and car park providing separation with an adjacent Bellway development.
Following public feedback these plans have been reduced in scale somewhat, lopping the top floor off designs as originally proposed and introducing recessed upper levels with feature 'pop-ups'.
Breaks in the massing also now permit views to the Salisbury Crags while permitting sunlight to an interior courtyard.
A concept statement read: "The general approach to the externals has been to look to respect and echo the local typologies, as the site is within or adjacent to several key areas and city views, whilst still providing a set of spaces designed to modern standards and to the benefit of all residents.
"In addition, as the site is to be partially shared between students and permanent residents, it is important to provide a range of spaces that service the needs of each group but that sit within contiguous landscape framework."
A start on-site is expected to be made next year, enabling full occupation by autumn 2022.
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