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28 Aug 2020

Plans submitted for 65 London Road in Edinburgh

HG Developments has submitted plans for a proposed redevelopment of the site at 65 London Road to form a high quality 76- bed Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA), designed by 3DReid that will replace the disused car wash buildings that are currently present. Planning and development consultancy Turley is providing planning advice for the scheme.

65 London Road Edinburgh by 3DReid

Situated within Edinburgh’s Meadowbank area and characterised by its industrial heritage and later commercial and residential development, the site is of triangular shape, adjacent to the main East Coast railway line and Clockmill Lane to the South, and London Road to the north. The ongoing re-development of the Meadowbank Sports Centre sits opposite, with its wider proposed masterplan for the area seeking to realise around 600 new homes. The proposed development seeks to build upon HG Development’s investment in the area, with new student residential accommodation now under construction, on the neighbouring plot at 63-65 London Road.

65 London Road Edinburgh by 3DReid

Seeking to address the prominent corner of the site, to its eastern approach, the material and language of the building follows the emerging palette of the new developments currently proposed in the area, in addition to responding to the tones of the more historic tenements that form the wider context.

The proposals provide 76 self-contained studios with a shared communal room located on each floor. The new development is connected to the neighbouring student housing scheme via a glazed link corridor that will ensure a more efficient energy strategy across both developments and promote the use of sustainable technologies such as heat recovery.

A green roof to the new development supports both the attenuation of surface water and the enhancement of biodiversity within the site, with the wider landscaping offering increased amenity space for the students and a greater greening of the wider London Road streetscape. On-site bicycle storage and car-club spaces promote active travel.

65 London Road Edinburgh by 3DReid

Ruta Turcinaviciute, Project Designer at 3DReid commented: “We have worked closely with HG Developments and the design team to deliver a high quality student housing proposal. The planning submission marks an important moment for the future redevelopment of a constrained and complicated site, which will benefit the urban quality of London Road and represent a further contribution to the ongoing regeneration of the wider area”

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65 London Road in Edinburgh – Building Information

Project team:
Client: HG Developments Limited
Architect: 3DReid
Planning and Development Consultancy: Turley
M&E Consultant: Eden Engineering
Fire Engineer: BB7
Flood Risk Consultant: Campbell Reith
Transport Consultant: Arcadis

About 3DReid

3DReid is an award-winning creative architecture and design studio specialising in the design and delivery of complex new-build and refurbishment projects.

3DReid is a team of over 120 people across five UK studios in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London. Cross sector experience includes Airports, Culture & Community, Education, Hotels, Industrial, Leisure, Offices, Residential, Retail and Urban Regeneration.

The team has extensive experience and an impressive track record working with a range of sectors. Further projects in Edinburgh include the five-star luxury Gleneagles Club, currently on site at St Andrew Square, the proposed new office development at 179 Canongate Office Development with Summix Capital, Rosebery House Redevelopment at Haymarket with Aviva Investors and an intergenerational mixed use development in the heart of Craigmillar, on behalf of Keyworkers Living Ltd.

3DReid has three projects shortlisted for the Scottish Design Awards in 2020. The Finalists include Malmaison at St Andrew Square in Edinburgh (Commercial/hotel building category), Canongate Office Development in Edinburgh’s Old Town (Future Building project category) and Craigmillar Intergenerational Living and Care in Edinburgh (Future Building project category).

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