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Student accommodation



This student accommodation development is located to the west of Edinburgh city centre at the junction of Westfield Road and Westfield Avenue, on a popular through-way into the city centre.

The building has been designed as three wings of accommodation in a T-shape and comprises 394 bedrooms, with the main common areas located along Westfield Road and Westfield Avenue, creating an activated façade at the street level. The main entrance is located on the corner of Westfield Road and Westfield Avenue giving direct access to the main communal areas.

The design strikes a perfect balance between personal and social space. The open and green outdoors spill into both bedrooms and public spaces to support students' well-being and productivity while encouraging social relationships and a sense of community.

A central courtyard has been included as an external social space for the residents. Its large lawn presents an attractive outlook for residents on the upper floors, whilst providing an informal spill-out space for students seeking to work or socialise with friends.

Student accommodation in Edinburgh is big business these days, with developers keen to cash in on an affluent student population looking for comfortable accommodation in convenient locations. With over 35,000 students studying at the University of Edinburgh alone, there’s a huge market to target — the £20.4million development in Gorgie's Westfield Road will create a 394 bed student residence.

David Hepburn

Edinburgh Evening News

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