Small sites initiative roll out continues in Edinburgh

Royston affordable homesPlans have been drawn up for a new 46-flat development on a brownfield site at Royston in Edinburgh.

The scheme is part of the City of Edinburgh Council’s programme to which will deliver 40,000 affordable and mid-market homes across the city over the coming decade.

The homes have been designed by Barton Willmore acting on behalf of Robertson Partnership Homes and City of Edinburgh Council 21st Century Homes.

Features include a three-storey flatted block with communal gardens fronting a new street connecting Royston Mains Avenue with Boswell Parkway. The will step down to two storeys in height toward the south-east corner of the plot in deference to an existing single storey property.

Barton Willmore has already submitted two planning applications on behalf of Robertson, as part of the Small Sites Affordable Housing Programme.

In its design statement, Barton Willmore said: “At prominent corners of the urban block, corners terminate in gable features in order to create visual interest and character at gateway points.

“Additionally, the long elevation to the west is visually broken up by protruding gables, helping to minimise the visual length of the block. These gable corners and feature gables are a prominent repeating feature in the area as well as in the church to the east, so we have utilised this language to help knit the proposals into the neighbourhood character.”

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