Housing At Dean Bank Lane, Edinburgh

This project for Kilmartin Homes Ltd occupies the site of a former engineering office which itself grew to occupy a number of buildings alongside the Water of Leith. The site is unusual in that is has two very different elevations: a street side elevation to Dean Bank Lane (itself a jumble of buildings leading to the splendour of Saxe Coburg Place) and a much larger and more exciting elevation terminating directly into the Water of Leith, and viewed in particular from the bridge across the river at Stockbridge and from the Water of Leith walkway.

The existing unexceptional former industrial building on the site was demolished and replaced with a block of 11 apartments. At the lower level these are single bedroom flats but elsewhere are through aspect flats between the street and the river with the first floor flats using the device of sunken terraces to the steet to achieve a through aspect. The usual ventilated lobby requirements are avoided at the upper levels by the common stair coming to an external balcony access with the final penthouse flat being accessed by a spiral staircase suspended from the roof. The materials are green oak and steel to the river with the gable elevations being an extension of the roof metal material.

The project started on site in February 2004 and was completed in June 2005.

Other Details

Architects Richard Murphy, Graeme Armet, Ben Wilson, Joe O'Sullivan, Joe Carnegie
Engineers SKM Anthony Hunts
M&E Engineers David R Murray Associates
Quantity Surveyor Summerfield Robb Clark Ltd
Acoustic Engineers Charlie Fleming Associates
Contractor Rutland Design and Build
Construction Cost £1.2m
Client Kilmartin Property Group

Awards

2006 Saltire Award Commendation
2006 Scottish Design Award - Best Residential Project

Press

30 May 2006 Top Awards For Architect Who Changed Face Of Design The Scotsman
23 January 2004 Planners Give Go-ahead For Flats At Beauty Spot Evening News
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