Planning officials recommend plans for 230-bed PBSA in Edinburgh

Edinburgh City Council should approve planning for purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) at a former nursing home in the Fountainbridge area.

PBSA at Gilmore Place, Edinburgh which planning officials should approve plans for - S1 developments | PBSA News
Design for the PBSA at Gilmore Place, Edinburgh.

Plans for new purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) should be approved by planning officials at Edinburgh City Council. The site is at the former St Joseph’s Nursing Home on Gilmore Place, Edinburgh.

Planning officials have formally recommended approving plans, but a vote is scheduled for 29 July – where members of the council’s Development Management Sub-Committee will decide.

“We are clearly pleased to see this recommendation for approval. The proposal ensures an effective new use for a unique listed building and its grounds while causing the least possible harm.

“Redevelopment will restore the existing care home building into high quality student accommodation, allowing the retention of the central chapel in its existing form.”

Spokesperson, S1 developments 

S1 Developments are hoping to add to Fountainbridge’s growing portfolio of student accommodation. The accommodation will be built in three storey buildings with a landscaped courtyard, which will replace the single and two storey buildings currently at the site. The former care homes listed Victorian-era chapel and main building will remain. 

The PBSA will include 230-bedroom spaces across 29 separate flats – ranging between three to 12 beds. There’s plans to include a social space, music rooms and a study area on the ground floor of the main building and chapel. Outdoor space includes an orchard, allotment garden and central lawn at the 0.6-hectare site, as well as 230 bike spaces – but there will be no car parking.