The brief required circa 300 student bed spaces on this tight Grade C Listed site. The development retains a number of historic industrial buildings. Through the demolition of more recent brewery fabric the project unlocks key routes and unseen vistas from The Royal Mile and Holyrood Road.
The architectural approach reflects the vertical split of the site. The Northern upper half appropriates an architectural language from the adjacent historic Bakehouse Close. The design of the southern, lower half, of the site reflects its more recent industrial heritage with use of light grey aluminium cladding. a contemporary, frameless glazed box retains visibility and views.
University of Edinburgh