Powderhall Stables Broughton, Collective Architecture Edinburgh Property Development, Final Phase
Powderhall Stables in Broughton News
21 June 2021
Powderhall Stables Edinburgh News
Design: Collective Architecture
Photos by Andrew Lee
Final Phase of Refurbishment for Collective Architecture’s Powderhall Stables, Edinburgh
21st of June 2021 – Collective Architecture has announced that the final refurbishment phase of Powderhall Stables is now underway, that will deliver a contemporary new design to reinvigorate a prominent 1890s stable block in Broughton, Edinburgh.
The Powderhall Stables redevelopment for client the City of Edinburgh Council, will deliver a mix of individual studios and co-working spaces aimed at microbusinesses.
The building will also feature two flexible function spaces with kitchen facilities suitable for hosting a wide variety of events. The former stabling yard to the rear of the building will be turned into a new plaza capable of hosting outdoors events such as street markets and art installations. The facility is set to open in early 2022.
Collective Architecture’s designs draw on the architectural character of the surrounding historic building that will give the refurbished building a distinctive contemporary character.
Emma Fairhurst, lead conservation accredited architect on the project, Collective Architecture, said: “We’re very excited to be restoring and regenerating the Powderhall Stables and working with an ambitious client – The City of Edinburgh Council – to introduce a creative hub to Powderhall. The Stables is a beautiful building, full of character and interest and everyone is looking forward to seeing it reinvigorated, full of new life and activity.”
Collective Architecture is supported by a design team including Currie & Brown, David Narro Associates, AECOM, andRSP Consulting Engineers.
The refurbishment of Powderhall Stables has been made possible by support from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund along with Miller Homes’ Bonnington Micro Business Fund.
Collective Architecture’s design for Powderhall Stables forms part of the Council-led regeneration of the old Powderhall Waste Transfer Station and adjoining former bowling greens. The wider development will deliver over 200 homes and an Early Learning and Childcare Centre, along with new green spaces and enhanced public realm, including improvements to St. Mark’s Path and two new squares.
Councillor Kate Campbell, the Council’s Housing, Homelessness, and Fair Work Convener, said: “We’ve been talking about the potential of the stables block at Powderhall for a long time – it’s so good that work is now starting, and we’ll see it back in use as a cornerstone of the whole development. The community were very involved in shaping these plans and telling us what they needed from the development. So, it’s fantastic that this amazing building will be available next year, supporting jobs by providing affordable work space for small businesses and local people,alongside creating a flexible space for the community to use.
It’s part of our wider regeneration of this site, delivering new affordable homes and facilities that will benefit the whole community.”
Councillor Mandy Watt, the Council’s Housing, Homelessness, and Fair Work Vice Convener, said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the development start to take shape over the course of next year, restoring the lovely stable blocks, bringing them back into use and giving local residents back this area that has been unused for so long.
“Earlier this year we also saw planning permission submitted for the former Bowling Green site as part of the wider Powderhall development. This will see one of the first intergenerational facilities built in Scotland and will offer health and wellbeing benefits for the older residents and new learning and social opportunities for children attending the nursery.”
The Scottish Government’s Community Wealth Minister, Tom Arthur, said: “This is a great project which will restore the previously abandoned category B-listed former stable block, transform it into a modern work and events space and provide the local community with new places to work, learn and socialise. This project has been made possible by £1.4 million investment from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, with local community involvement in progressing the plans.
“The fund is playing a vital role, helping reinvigorate local communities and town centres by investing in projects that provide jobs and support local businesses. We are committed to seizing Scotland’s economic potential, creating secure, sustainable and satisfying jobs and supporting businesses recover from the coronavirus pandemic. As part of that work, we are continuing to empower local people to invest in their communities’ future.”
Photographs: Andrew Lee
Founded in 1997 with offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Collective Architecture was established to pursue the themes of participation and sustainability in architecture. Our output ranges from intimate community installations to large scale urban regeneration. We are the first Scottish employee owned architecture practice and established to reward and involve staff in practice development, bringing care and commitment to every aspect of our work.
Our ethos encourages individuals to express themselves and research issues which are of relevance to both their work and to the wider society. We share our learning where staff teach, lecture and guest at schools of architecture in the UK and across the world. We have won many national and international awards including AJ Architect of the Year 2018. Collective Architecture
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