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Unite Student Housing : Edinburgh Accommodation

Portsborough Court: Lady Lawson St Flats, Edinburgh, Scotland, design by Acanthus Architects Douglas Forrest

post updated 2 January 2022

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Unite images © Adrian Welch, Sep 2006 with lumix camera

Unite Student Housing Edinburgh

Portsborough Court – UNITE

Design: Acanthus Architects Douglas Forrest

Accommodation: 229 rooms
Formally opened: 8 September 2006
Height: nine-storeys
Area: approx. 70,000 sqft
Construction Cost: £7m approximate

Unite Student Housing Lady Lawson St elevations
photo © Douglas Forrest Architects

The Lady Lawson St project is nine storeys high and situated immediately to the north of Novotel Edinburgh – now on site, Oct 2005.

By Acanthus architects Douglas Forrest, based in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, the building contains accommodation for 231 students in predominantly 5 bedroom flats but with a limited number of 3 and 4 bedroom flats.

Proposed views south up Lady Lawson St:
Unite Student Housing south up Lady Lawson St south up Lady Lawson St
all Unite images © Douglas Forrest Architects

The proposed view looking north up Lady Lawson St:
north up Lady Lawson St
Lady Lawson Street flats image © Douglas Forrest Architects

Just to the north of the Unite Student Housing is Westport by Reiach and Hall Architects. Named ‘Evolution House’ by the developers it was completed in 2003 where Lady Lawson Street meets West Port:

Westport Edinburgh
property image © Adrian Welch

Westport Reiach and Hall

Edinburgh Property

Edinburgh House

Unite Student Housing

Just to the north of the Unite Student Housing is Westport House, nine-storey offices comprising of 65,000 sq ft net, constructed in 1971.

The building is formed primarily from repetitive pre-cast concrete cladding panels. Bulky ribbed concrete cores are expressed on the elevations and protrude above the general roofline. West Port is one of the historic entry routes to the old town of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh College of Art (aka ECA) is located east of the Portsborough Court housing on Lady Lawson Street:
Edinburgh College of Art
image © Adrian Welch

Westport House is located north of the Portsborough Court flats at Lady Lawson St:
Westport House
picture from the architect

Scottish Parliament

John Lewis Scotland

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