Glencairn secures planning for Edinburgh PBSA

Glencairn's landmark Edinburgh PBSA building will rise from a busy juncture of the Merchiston, Dalry, Fountainbridge, and Slateford districts.

CGI of Glencairn's PBSA scheme on Dundee Street/Dundee Terrace in Edinburgh.
CGI of Glencairn's PBSA scheme on Dundee Street/Dundee Terrace in Edinburgh.

Glencairn has secured planning permission for a new landmark Edinburgh purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) development.

The site is located to the west end of Dundee Street and spanning south onto Dundee Terrace. This landmark Edinburgh PBSA building will rise from a busy juncture of the Merchiston, Dalry, Fountainbridge, and Slateford districts.

The shape and format of the site provides an opportunity to introduce a strong corner aesthetic. Helping to signify the change in direction of Dundee Street at the junction with Dundee Terrace it will help transform the area.

Dundee Street PBSA scheme

The site is currently occupied by a shop and car garage. They will be demolished and replaced with a six storey PBSA block.

The development will total 206 beds in a mix of 52 ensuites and 154 studios. On the ground floor their will also be a commercial space.

It will house a space for the community to be taken over by a local charity. It will operate as a parent, pregnancy centre/hub for families of the city. This, along with the main entrance reception off Dundee Street, will form part of the new active frontage.

CGI of the Dundee Terrace view of the Edinburgh PBSA scheme | PBSA News
CGI of the Dundee Terrace view of the Edinburgh PBSA scheme.

Glencairn have focussed on a design led approach to enhance the area on this prominent triangular site. It will deliver Edinburgh a best in class PBSA scheme. The architect practice on the project was Flow Design Architects and the planning consultants involved were Scott Hobbs Planning.

Other project team members include HarrisonStevens, Will Rudd, Gardiner & Theobald and Rybka.

Supply and demand

The development will provide much needed PBSA in Edinburgh, a city with a significant supply and demand imbalance. To help alleviate the lack of supply, Vita Group also secured planning for a new Vita Student PBSA development in Edinburgh.

Also, York-based developer S Harrison agreed a forward funding deal with Singapore’s Q Investment Partners (QIP) to build two major new PBSA schemes in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh is experiencing a housing emergency, and the Dundee Street development will offer extensive accommodation for the city’s students on a currently underutilised site, in an ideal location for students studying at the city’s universities.