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Waterfront Avenue Phase 3 Edinburgh

Places for People

Residential development forming the third phase of a larger mixed-use development. The development for Places for People provides 89 apartments in a mix of 1, 2 and 3-bed units.

The proposed site layout takes cognisance of the Local Development Plan and previously consented masterplan. The outer edges of the site are inaccessible to vehicular traffic and this has driven a perimeter block solution, with a triangular semi-private courtyard, containing a mix of parking for residents, communal open space with hard and soft landscaping and common facilities such as bin stores and cycle stores. The site layout has been designed to provide cycle and pedestrian links onto The Walk and adjacent Phase 2 development to the east, and also to allow for connections to Saltire Street and future development to the west

The perimeter of the triangular urban block is completed with a 5-storey linear block running north / south along The Walk. ‘The Walk’ is a pedestrian and cycle route that follows the old industrial railway layout leading to the waterfront. The linear park along ‘The Walk’ is a key landscape feature which connects Waterfront Avenue with the coast. Two 7-storey stand-alone tower forms stand on the northern the edge overlooking the foreshore, on the escarpment between the upper and lower terraces,. They provide definition to the edge of the upper terrace when looking towards the site from West Shore Road and the bottom of The Walk.  

The style and character of the apartment blocks and townhouses has been developed so that they sit comfortably with the existing buildings, ensuring that the contemporary language is maintained. A simple palette of materials is proposed to ensure that Phase 3 continues the high quality architecture of the adjacent buildings.

This third phase of the high density residential development provides a total of 89 new homes on the 0.9 hectare site, giving a density of approximately 99 dwellings per hectare, in a variety of apartment types and sizes that will allow a degree of choice to potential tenants and purchasers. All apartments are dual aspect and are designed for good, natural daylighting with large full-height openable windows.  

33 of the apartments are affordable homes for rent and these are to be built in timber-framed modular construction

The project is due on site in autumn 2018.

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