Pilrig infill apartment block to deliver 34 homes
March 9 2021
A 0.167ha dog leg industrial site off Leith Walk in Edinburgh's Pilrig Conservation Area is to provide 34 car-free apartments under new plans submitted by Morgan McDonnell.
The work will see an existing warehouse at 27 Arthur Street , home to local arts Charity Rhubaba Gallery and Studios, swept away to provide modern accommodation on a tight urban site. A mix of light and dark masonry will be employed to break up the apparent massing with set back areas finished in dark grey PPC raised seam cladding with matching dark timber battens fastened to windows.
Development would extend over former gardens and a yard to the rear backing onto a new communal garden, accessible from a pedestrian and cycle lane. Upper floor residents will also have access to a range of gardens and terraces at different levels for outdoor amenity.
In a planning statement, the practice wrote: "The design of the Arthur Street facade seeks to complement the neighbouring buildings and break down the proposed mass into a residential scale. The rear elevations seek to introduce subtle variations to the material and form of development to harmonise with the prevailing characteristics of the surrounding residential terraces and tenements."
In all 20% of the site will remain as usable green space with a ground floor corner unit serving as a communal bike and bin store.
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