Apartment bid to complete B-listed Pilrig terrace
January 29 2021
A detached home dating from 1948 in Edinburgh's Pilrig Conservation Area is in line for the wrecking ball to complete a B-listed Georgian terrace.
The gable wall at 48 Pilrig Street displays an extra set of chimney flues, raggled cope and recessed quoins for an end-terrace property which never came, sparking desire from the current owners of its immediate neighbour to finally finish the job.
Lorn MacNeal Architects have been instructed to accomplish this by demolishing 50 Pilrig Street at the junction with Dryden Street and erecting nine apartments in its place, matching the scale and materials palette of its neighbour in the process. Faced in natural stone under a slated pitched roof the addition with natural zinc cladding employed as a lightweight, contemporary foil to the rear.
In a design statement, the architects explained: "The main entrance is accessed off Pilrig Street with stone steps and bridge across the lower level patios. An accessible lower entrance is through the rear garden off Dryden Street.
"The offset chimney rhythm of the neighbouring houses is continued with a stone 'bookend' gable to Dryden Street. To the rear the materials become more lightweight with zinc and aluminum introduced, and the height and mass of the building is stepped down."
Arranged over five floors by providing habitable roof space the project will retain a rear garden with no parking.