Holyrood North

Oberlanders Architects LLP

Located in the extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage site of Edinburgh’s Old Town, this development has created over 1,100 new student rooms in a scheme that is strongly rooted in the historic city. This ground breaking development offers a varied mix of contemporary accommodation for the University, focused around affordable, residential accommodation targeting international postgraduate and mature undergraduates and enjoys an array of onsite-student resource, amenity and social spaces.

A large scale 450 bedroom ‘collegiate’ Residence Hall sits at the heart of the development with a further four tenement scale buildings around the periphery of the site. A café, laundry, retail and Outreach Centre, serving both University and community, bridges community and academia along primary bustling thoroughfares, offering flexible and adaptable accommodation for continued learning, community education and event facilities.

City of Edinburgh Council Planning Department commented: "I just wanted to say how delighted I am with the way this development has turned out. I think that the design has produced a first class piece of townscape which significantly enhances the Old Town. It also plays a big part in the evolution of the architecture of the wider Canongate area, perhaps now one of Edinburgh’s most interesting areas. The quality of the buildings and the landscape is excellent and I am sure they will stand the test of time.


Holyrood North
City Centre
United Kingdom


Andrew Wilmot


Balfour Beatty for the University of Edinburgh



14,000 sqm


  • Commercial
  • Education
  • Historic
  • Landscaping
  • Masterplanning
  • Public
  • Retail