Gorgie Road

Edinburgh

Providing quality student accommodation in a complex setting


Type

Student accommodation


Client

S. Harrison Developments Ltd


Status

On the drawing board

Major student accommodation scheme, made up of 248 bedrooms. 35 of these will be studio rooms with a cluster of apartments, ranging from six to 10 bedrooms, making up the rest. In addition to the accommodation there will also be study rooms, a games area, a gym, cinema, laundry area and secure cycle storage for each resident.

Located on Gorgie Road, a major arterial route into Edinburgh from the west, this site was formerly occupied by a collection of warehouses and workshops. The site is a complex U-shaped parcel of land, with several spatial constraints, which stretches from the urban edge of Gorgie Road to the suburban setting of Chesser Grove, with archetypal semi-detached dwellings. The challenge presented by the site was to tie these characteristics together in one development. The strategy was to divide the development into two blocks, which each addressed the respective characters of the streetscape, set within a soft green landscape which stretches into the heart of the site from the adjacent Water of Leith corridor.

Our strategy was to divide the development into two blocks, which each addressed the respective characters of the streetscape.


Complexity of the site

A major arterial route into Edinburgh from the west, the site is a complex U-shaped parcel of land, with several spatial constraints.

The urban/ suburban challenge

The site stretches from the urban edge of Gorgie Road to the suburban setting of Chesser Grove — how to to tie these differing characteristics together in a singular development?

Our proposed solution

Our strategy was to divide the development into two blocks, which each addressed the respective characters of the streetscape, set within a soft green landscape.

Gorgie Road is located in a good location in a city where there’s a strong demand for high quality student accommodation.

Alex Pease

Chief Investment Officer, Watkin Jones

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