Collective Architecture make hay with former Powderhall stables
August 17 2020
Collective Architecture is pushing forward with the first element of the broader development for a former waste processing works at Powderhall, north of the city centre, with an application to repurpose a B-listed stables as artists studios and offices.
In the process, the Baronial-style landmark will stand as a gateway structure on the eastern edge of the Powderhall Place masterplan; repurposing an ornate clock tower and pend providing a grandiose point of entry.
Internally this will see basement windows reinstated to allow the former stables to be repurposed as a function space with an additional function room and studio spaces situated on the ground floor - some of which will benefit from direct courtyard access.
As part of this work, a later concrete staircase installed in 1977 will be demolished and a platform lift installed, all while retaining a period staircase, cornice work, panelled doors and fireplaces.
Stressing the openness of their approach architects wrote: "The clock tower and pend is such a defined entrance point, that it will become a fundamental access point into the wider site and the open gate will celebrate the fact that the general public is invited into this area for the first time in several hundred years."
Enabling works have already taken place to remove industrial structures, opening up the rear courtyard which will establish a central axis around which new housing will be arranged in a later phase.
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