Planning and development consultancy, Turley – acting on behalf of HG Developments – has submitted plans for a proposed redevelopment on the site at 65 London Road in Edinburgh. The plans propose to form a high quality 76-bed purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme – designed by 3DReid – that will replace the disused car wash buildings currently on the site.
The proposals include 76 self-contained studios with a shared communal room on each floor. The new PBSA development is connected to the neighbouring student housing scheme via a glazed link corridor – which 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 students and a greater greening of the wider London Road streetscape. There will also be onsite bicycle storage and car-club spaces to promote active travel.
Turley are providing planning services for the new PBSA scheme – which is situated within Edinburgh’s Meadowbank area. The site is a triangular shape and characterised by its industrial heritage and later commercial and residential development. The development is adjacent to the main East Coast railway line and Clockmill Lane to the South, and London Road to the North.
The ongoing redevelopment of the Meadowbank Sports Centre sits opposite the proposed PBSA scheme, with its wider proposed masterplan for the area aiming to build around 600 new homes. The development seeks to build on HG Development’s investment in the area, with new student residential accommodation now under construction on the neighbouring plot – at 63-65 London Road.