Edinburgh park is an exciting residential led scheme which looks to create a new urban quarter & cultural destination in the West of Edinburgh. The consented proposals for the southern Phase masterplan represent the largest single scheme planning application seen in the city in over a decade and HTA have led the design on over half of the homes proposed on site.
The consented masterplan is a continuation and development of a 1990s Richard Meier scheme and proposals look to add residential, commercial and mixed-use accommodation alongside high quality urban design and external amenity. A strong focus on community and culture permeates the masterplan design, with a public arts and sculpture strategy central to the proposals.
Working as part of a talented design team, led by developers Parabola and masterplan architects Dixon Jones, HTA designed the BTR (800 Homes) and affordable blocks (160 homes) on the site. Planning was submitted in June 2020 and granted by committee yesterday.
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The Northern BTR blocks are located on plots SE1 & 2, at the heart of the Southern Phase Masterplan, in close proximity to the Edinburgh Park Railway station & tram stop which will provide excellent connections to Edinburgh city centre and further afield.
The blocks overlook a central linear park, which runs between the 2 plots. This space, known as the Southern Quadrant Gardens, provides the primary element of external public space on the masterplan and will provide excellent outdoor amenity for both residents and members of the public.
The BTR proposals provide 800 residential homes, made up of apartments and maisonettes. Residents amenity is provided on upper levels of each block, giving fantastic views over Edinburgh and the Pentland Hills. Due to the strategic position of the blocks within the masterplan the ground floor is designed to maximise active street frontage and to cultivate a community within the area. Proposals include small workshop units, retail and flexible space units aimed at start-ups and small businesses, as well as larger commercial units to provide facilities for the residents, office workers and users of the wider and existing neighbourhood.
The affordable housing on plot NE1a will provide 160 residential apartments with associated shared amenity spaces, courtyard gardens and parking for resident’s use.
Situated on Cross street East and adjacent to the Mach 1 marketing centre, plot NE1a occupies a prominent site on the Edinburgh Park Masterplan, with views overlooking the South East Quadrant Gardens to the south.
The design is arranged around 2 central courtyard spaces, which accommodate residents’ gardens and parking areas. Running in a North-South orientation adjacent to the courtyard areas are two 7 storey apartment blocks, containing 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments. Spanning between the apartment blocks, running east-west, are 4 storey maisonette blocks. These blocks contain stacked 2 & 3 bed maisonettes with large south facing balconies. A roof garden for residents is also accommodated above the western maisonette block.