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Location: Buccleuch Street
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Developer: Duddingston House Properties
Architect: 7N Architects
Current Status: Approved

18 student flats (102 bedrooms)





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12/04587/FUL | Demolition of the flytower, single storey queue shelter and associated structures to the rear of the auditorium of the former Odeon cinema, Clerk Street. Construction of 18 student flats on the site of the flytower and queue shelter totalling 102 bedrooms. | 7 Clerk Street Edinburgh EH8 9JH
 

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Stallan showcases Heriot Watt University’s Riccarton campus

Urban Realm - 24th September, 2013



A newly built student residential development has been showcased by its architect, Paul Stallan, who designed the campus alongside his former studio at RMJM.

Heriot-Watt Universities Riccarton campus is composed of massive, masonry walled elevations facing directly onto open countryside, conceived expressly to be identifiable from a distance as a modern interpretation of a castle or fort. This walled architecture opens up at the corners to reveal a courtyard garden environment.

A total of 300 new student rooms have been delivered by the project ranging from self-catered study bedrooms with en-suites through to flatted accommodation with up to five rooms sharing a living space and studio flats.

Touting the scheme as setting a new benchmark for student design Stallan said: "The new campus accommodation is testament to an ambitious client who has understood that an exceptional student experience extends beyond faculty life to also encompass the whole student lifestyle. The architecture of the project sets a new standard in student living at a time when much of what is currently being delivered for students is being heavily criticised for being completely banal and opportunist.”

The £14m development replaces 1970s accommodation which was no longer fit for purpose.


 

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Edinburgh’s Deaconess House development tops out

Urban Realm - 26th September, 2013



Work to transform an historic former hospital, Edinburgh’s Deaconess House, into student accommodation has achieved a significant milestone with main contractor Graham Construction holding a topping out ceremony.

The £14.5m scheme on the Pleasance is being developed by Mace Real Estate to designs by the Kalyvides Partnership and will ultimately incorporate over 315 student bedrooms.

This will see Deaconess House remodelled and restored alongside the construction of three new blocks to the rear, each arranged around a central courtyard which will incorporate an amphitheatre.

Contracts manager at GRAHAM Construction Paul McBurney said: “As a historic site, Deaconess House has presented a number of challenges relating to the preservation of the existing layout and retention of its historic features.

“The renovation has allowed us to integrate the old with the new to design a site which is sympathetic to the surrounding buildings in this historic quarter of Edinburgh.”

Completion is penciled in for May 2014.


 

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13/04278/FUL | Proposed development of student residential accommodation (incorporating demolition of existing business units) with associated ancillary uses and amenity space. | 20, 22, 24, 26 Bernard Terrace 19B, 19C, 19D, 19E Lutton Place Edinburgh EH8 9NX

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Visualisation - looking up Bernard Terrace from St Leonards Street
 

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Location: Orwell Terrace
Developer: Cityheart Ltd / Edinburgh Napier University
Architect: Allan Murray Architects
Current Status: Approved

37 flats for 234 students

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From the architects:
Allan Murray Architects are delighted to have secured planning permission for new student residences on Orwell Terrace in Edinburgh. The client, Cityheart Ltd. propose to provide new build buildings for Edinburgh Napier University, catering for approximately 250 students.

The client’s requirements and brief for around 37 flats, in a range of formats from 5 to 9 bedrooms, with ancillary accommodation, has been met with a group of buildings across the site designed to create a sense of place and community.

We propose a new pedestrian street to create a through route between Orwell Terrace and Dalry Park and also allows light into the public areas.

Overlooking the park we have bookended the new street with a strongly defined rectangular block and a rotunda tower to create a focal point on the site, the curved form allowing for overlooking of neighbours to be avoided.








12/01928/FUL | Student residential development incorporating ancillary elements and associated amenity space. | 22 - 24 Orwell Terrace Edinburgh EH11 2DY
 

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The Sugarhouse Close development completed last year but nice feature on it in Urban Realm's Scotland New Buildings.



PROJECT: Sugarhouse Close
LOCATION: Canongate, Edinburgh
CLIENT: Watkin Jones Ltd / CRM Corporate residential Management Ltd
ARCHITECT: Oberlanders
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Will Rudd Davidson
SERVICES ENGINEER: Watkin Jones

The brief required the accommodation of circa 300 student bed spaces on this tight Grade C Listed site, embedded within the Edinburgh World Heritage Site in the Old Town. The development retains a number of historic industrial buildings at its heart, made visible from a new Courtyard and Close. Through the demolition of more recent parts of the brewery fabric (orientated against the grain of the historical Closes) the project unlocks key routes and unseen vistas from The Royal Mile and Holyrood Road towards the historic Brewhouses, Kilns and Arthur's Seat beyond.

The architectural approach responds in 2 different ways, reflecting the vertical split of the site in terms of both topography and adjacent building massing.

The Northern upper half of the site, steeped in the medieval history of the Royal Mile, appropriates an architectural language from the adjacent historic Bakehouse Close, the low rise units have a patinated mottled red brick masonry base course overhung by timber cladding on upper stories, topped with pitched slate roofs, that match the restored roofs of the historic buildings.

The design of the Southern, lower half, of the site reflects its more recent industrial heritage with use of light grey aluminium cladding ‘clipped’ onto and above the existing sand stone walls. The new frontage onto Holyrood Road presents a Western block with a flat (green) roof matching its neighbour Moray House and an Eastern block with a pitched roof and asymmetrical gable matching its neighbour and other historic gable geometries found nearby. A contemporary, single storey, frameless glazed box forms a linking common room element, retaining visibility and views beyond to the historic fabric from a new area of public realm directly off Holyrood Road.

The project benefits from a number of sustainable initiatives including:

Re-use of materials (Slate and Stone).
Refurbishment and repair of dilapidating historic fabric.
Introduction of the grass roof (to new build – Jardine House) and new trees within new public realm to promote biodiversity.
A central communal heating system with high efficiency condensing boilers and thermostatic radiator valves fitted in all rooms.
P.I.R lighting and vents to shower pods, natural ventilation elsewhere through opening windows.
Building fabric U-values above minimum standards including improvements to historic fabric..

The Design and Build project for Watkin Jones was successfully completed on time in August 2012.
 

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Location: Abbeyhill
Developer: Watkin Jones Group
Architect: Manson Architects
Current Status: Approved

450 bed student residence









13/02890/FUL | Proposed student residential accommodation and ancillary uses. | 31 Abbeyhill Edinburgh EH8 8EL
 

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Very pleased with both of the above developments. Always hated the gapsite as you walk towards the bottom of the royal mile from that direction. Although the project isn't a beauty, it will sure fill an ugly hole! Also, the fact that it is students is encouraging - should give the cafes/bars around there a welcome boost.
 

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Very pleased with both of the above developments. Always hated the gapsite as you walk towards the bottom of the royal mile from that direction. Although the project isn't a beauty, it will sure fill an ugly hole! Also, the fact that it is students is encouraging - should give the cafes/bars around there a welcome boost.
I feel the same. The Abbeyhill development's not fantastic but certainly better than a gap site/car lot. They've also designed the student residence blocks so they can be pretty easily converted into around 80 private flats in the future or so the developers claim.
 

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I'm pretty sure the Abbeyhill site is Chatham's garage, which if true marks the end of an era. The Chathams have been selling cars there since the 60s.

Bought a couple of Hondas there myself.
 

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I'm pretty sure the Abbeyhill site is Chatham's garage, which if true marks the end of an era. The Chathams have been selling cars there since the 60s.

Bought a couple of Hondas there myself.
I didn't realise that the garage had been there that long. Prior to that it was the site of The Regent cinema and a steamie, and before that a brewery.
 

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Location: Jeffrey Street
Developer: Capital Land Holdings
Architect: Fletcher Joseph Architects
Current Status: Approved

101-bed student residences + retail.



10/02401/FUL | Erection of 101 bed student residences with ground floor management suite and a ground floor retail unit. | Site 37 Metres South Of 43 - 59 Jeffrey Street (Former Tannery Site) Edinburgh
 

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I'm assuming this must be the Homebase site?

£38m student digs scheme planned for Edinburgh

Construction Index - 18th February, 2014

Student accommodation specialist The Unite Group has bought a 1.8 acre plot in Edinburgh for a £38m development.

The site is on St Leonard's Street in the city centre, close to the University of Edinburgh. It is currently occupied by an 8,000 square foot retail unit, which will be refurbished within the plans. The scheme is anticipated to be made up of shared flats with communal living and kitchen spaces, and self-contained studios, over five storeys. The property design will be in keeping with surrounding buildings, Unite said.

Subject to planning and funding agreements, it is expected that the scheme will be completed by autumn 2016.

This is the third project to be funded from Unite’s June 2013 share placing following the acquisition of sites in Newcastle and Aberdeen in recent weeks.

Richard Simpson, managing director of property for Unite, said: "We are delighted to announce the acquisition of this new site in the Scottish capital, presenting a rare chance to develop student accommodation in a prime central location.”
 

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That's great news! I've always disliked that Homebase unit for the way the entrance is at the back and it presents a blank wall to the street. It's a strange place for a Homebase anyway.
 

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UK’s first student housing co-op launches in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Reporter - 5th March, 2014

Edinburgh is famous for its history, its architecture and its literature, but it’s not known for cheap rental property. Well, students at the University of Edinburgh say that this is about to change. The Edinburgh Student Housing Co-op, which launched publically last night at the Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) chaplaincy, aims to provide cheap rents to Edinburgh students squeezed by landlords.

Mike Shaw, one of the student campaigners behind the cooperative, told the Edinburgh Reporter that, “it was just an idea over a cup of tea a year ago.”

The co-operative – recently incorporated as the Edinburgh Student Housing Cooperative Ltd – will be the first working student housing co-operative in Britain.

“It’s something that a lot of people said we couldn’t do, but we’ve done it,” he said.

Students coming to Edinburgh from across Scotland and across the globe can expect to pay over £400 a month for a flat in the city, as well as having to fork out for tuition, books and rising living costs.

Campaigners have already secured the 106-bed Wrights Houses overlooking Bruntsfield Links, and hope to rent rooms to students at cut-price rates from September onwards. The co-op hopes to rent out the property to students for just £260 a month. Each of the 26 flats will contain a kitchen/living room, two toilets and a shower – and all with a view of one of the city’s largest public parks.

Those behind the campaign say they want to follow the business model developed by students in the USA, where small-scale housing co-ops have existed for over 70 years. They say that the example of students at Michigan State University, where over 4,000 students live in housing cooperatives, proves that students can be trusted to manage without help from university faculties.

The campaign has been helped out by EUSA, Scotmid and the Cooperative Educational Trust Scotland, but is financially independent. Kirsty Haigh, Vice President of Services at EUSA, told the Edinburgh Reporter that, “we’ve been helping the students throughout the process, working very closely with them. It’s something that EUSA has worked to support, and will continue to do so in the long term.”

Mike Shaw, one of the students behind the campaign, told how he collaborated with Rector Peter McColl. “It was just an idea over a cup of tea a year ago, and we both knew people who could help us.”
 

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Does anyone know anything about this? Is it on the gap site beside Springside and the Hyatt?

From Edinburgh Architecture:
Student Accommodation in Fountainbridge

Ogilvie Construction has broken ground on an £11 m project to build an eight-storey student accommodation building, to be called Arran House, in the Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh.

Due for completion in 2015, the project was awarded to Ogilvie by the Student Housing Company and will provide 302 high quality student apartments of varying sizes, along with retail space on the ground floor.

Ogilvie will also complete infrastructure works and a new junction for the Western Approach Road, one of the main routes into Edinburgh.

The Student Housing Company manages purpose built student accommodation across the UK. The company prides itself on delivering high quality accommodation, excellent levels of service, security and attention to detail.
 

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Does anyone know anything about this? Is it on the gap site beside Springside and the Hyatt?

From Edinburgh Architecture:
It's the space between the existing iQ student flats and the Western Approach Road, next to Fountain Park.

Might as well quote myself from the Fountainbridge thread...

12/00128/AMC | Managed student flats for rent. | Land Adjacent To 194 Fountainbridge Edinburgh

There are also plans for a second block of student flats next to the IQ building at the Fountain Park side of the site.



Current view from Western Approach Road
 
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