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Yeah cycled past yesterday and that first rising core is very visible now so it feels properly u\c.

also had a decent scoot at the Moxy brickwork and the weathered reddish mix seemed ok to me and just emphasised how there's so many better brick options than the Nasty shade of pretty uniform red we 're getting at Calas ocean terminal development.
 

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Missed this from a few weeks ago... ISA's Lower Gilmore Place development approved on appeal.
Canal-side block of Edinburgh flats gets go-ahead on appeal but residents still unhappy

Edinburgh Evening News - 24th July 2020

Plans for a four-storey block of flats on the canalside at Fountainbridge have been given the go-ahead after developers appealed against the city council’s decision to refuse the proposals.

Glencairn Properties can now demolish existing commercial buildings on Lower Gilmore Place to make way for a four-storey block of 20 flats, nine of which are to be affordable homes.

But residents are still unhappy about the development which they say is too big for the site and too high to fit with surrounding buildings.

The council’s development management sub-committee decided last October to refuse permission for the development by six votes to five, due to the building’s “excessive massing, which would lead to an unsympathetic and over-dominant addition to the surrounding streetscape”.

But now a Scottish Government planning reporter has upheld the appeal by Glencairn, saying the new block of flats will retain “an intimate and human scale” and bring “coherence and distinctiveness” to a location “characterised by fragmented and poor quality development”.

Residents say they would welcome an appropriate development on the site in harmony with the surrounding area, but not “a monolithic overcrowded shapeless block”.

Ishbel McFarlane, treasurer of the Gilmore Place Lochrin Residents Association, said: “The local community believes the proposed development overwhelms the site and is simply trying to squeeze in as many apartments as possible onto the small site.”

In 2017 Glencairn withdrew an application for the site following objections from 107 residents.

The following year a fresh application drew 120 objections and a Scottish Government reporter refused it on appeal.

Ms McFarlane said the proposals now approved had failed to take account of many of the criticisms of the plan turned by the previous reporter in 2018.

“The reporter said it was overdeveloped with an application for 20 flats, but the new application was still for 20 flats. He said it should be three storeys with a sloping roof but it is still four storeys with a flat roof. They have taken a little slither off the front to make it a bit like a Dutch roof.

“We are very upset and angry that basically the same mass of building which was rejected in 2018 and was re-submitted with a few ‘tweaks’ and rejected by the planning committee has now been passed.”

City council canal champion Gavin Corbett said there was “a fair bit of disappointment” in the area at the decision.

He said: “I’ve not met anyone who thinks Lower Gilmore Place is the best it can be. With its mash-mash of derelict buildings and mixed uses, it is very much a relic of the canalside as it was in the neglected decades.

“The development could do so much more to open out the canal on that side and also create a really attractive cycling and walking route from the Leamington Lift Bridge to the Meadows.”

Daryl Teague, managing director of Glencairn Properties said: “We are delighted that the appeal has been granted and look forward to moving forward with the regeneration of Lower Gilmore Place.”

He said work on the site could start early next year.
 

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Perhaps I'm missing something here, but the development (on the renders at least) looks quite decent. I wonder what the objectors would have preferred to be built instead?
Probably allotments and "community space"!
 

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Perhaps I'm missing something here, but the development (on the renders at least) looks quite decent. I wonder what the objectors would have preferred to be built instead?
Height (they wanted 3 storeys) and parking.
 

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As per ElectricityWon'tHurt's link above - ISA's newly submitted application is for 74 student flats replacing the consented 20-home development, with the previous commercial unit replaced with a reception & student amenity space. Minor changes to the elevation.

20/02976/FUL | Demolition of existing buildings and erection of student residential development with associated landscaping. | 7 Lower Gilmore Place Edinburgh

 

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I assumed developer interest in student flats (and hotels) would pretty much evaporate but in the last few weeks there seem to have been loads of projects of both kinds coming forward. Hopefully their confidence is not misplaced.
 

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Developers of hotels and student flats look decades ahead. A depression in asset values may even encourage them to bring investments forward especially if interest rates remain low.
 

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I assumed developer interest in student flats (and hotels) would pretty much evaporate but in the last few weeks there seem to have been loads of projects of both kinds coming forward. Hopefully their confidence is not misplaced.
A colleague of mine cynically said that the uni's will be wanting the students to come to Edinburgh for the £££ it generates, even if teaching is a mixture of who knows what in the future
 

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It's not cynical. The Uni's in Edinburgh are heavily reliant on the higher fees that English and non EU students bring. It's the main way they can grow revenue because the numbers of Scots fee-funded places are set, and in that sense capped by Holyrood. That's the quid pro quo of paying their fees - you can only fund a specific number.
 

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Looking good. :)

It's amazing to see how quickly that development has gone up. I guess that's a testament to the advancement of building technology.

Hopefully it won't be too long before we see some more development work on the Southern side of the former Fountainbridge brewery site.
 

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Yeah there's a bit of a vague warehousy 'district'ness' emerging in some of the architecture / materials / broken up colours and squared forms etc along Fountainbridge - that I actually don't mind. I sort of know what I mean by this - but am fully aware I'm getting a bit arty farty beyond my level!

Anyways the same approach is set to be repeated on the housing led southern canal facing half of this site which I really liked the look of. I'm hoping the big private rental housing build across the road won't be too 'mono' in colour and feel.

Yeah, mono, that's another good word.....;)
 

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That looks amazing! Sorry for the OT but I wish the Haymarket site could look that good.
 

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I really am starting to like the emerging streetscape here. The brick cladding responds well to the surrounding vernacular and compliments older buildings such as the Printmakers. I especially like the variation of facades in the New Fountainbridge project (and in other proposed developments in the area). They go a long way towards creating an attractive neighbourhood here – avoiding cookie-cutter design we often see in new developments. Really good work here, imo.

In some ways, this part of town may see the most noticeable difference as a result of increased development and gentrification. With West Approach Road rationalisation/improvement and hopefully increased natural permeability towards the canal, the ongoing development in Fountainbridge will transform the western edge of the city centre. This type of high density development is a textbook example of how to effectively extend a city's inner core, trusting that local infrastructure is upgraded to match. As @stefansk says, the wider Fountainbridge proposals are everything Haymarket should have been.

Slightly off-topic but to compliment the development in the area, I propose a fantasy re-development of Fountain Park. I'd keep the underground car park as the area does require a degree of parking and this is, obviously, better managed underground. Access would be from the West Approach Road only. On the roof of this car-park (street-level), I propose a large urban park/square with lots of trees and seating. Space for a pop-up market at weekends would be a great draw for the area too. In the centre of the space, a monument or sculpture would be commissioned to represent the area's industrial heritage. I'd replace the current retail-park units with 6/7-storey buildings centred around the urban park/square. Each block would have its own style but be sympathetic to the surrounding area. The lower floors would host restaurants and entertainment venues; the upper floors being mixed-use residential, tech-incubator, office and arts spaces. Dundee Street and Fountainbridge themselves would see street trees and segregated cycle lanes added. Across the road, the current MOT garage would be replaced with a health and community centre interlinked Boroughmuir HS, comprising GP practices, gym space and a community hall/town hall space for local events and consultation with government. All a fantasy, however! I foresee us being stuck with retail-park boxes for many years to come.
 

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This has flown up and is really starting to transform the street.

Being hypercritical, up close the facade of the office building lacks depth and gives itself away as being a series of stuck on panels. And I imagine the similarly flimsy looking aluminium surrounds on the hotel windows started life as something more robust before value engineering came calling.

But overall, a tentative thumbs up.
 
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