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Housing at Dublin Street Lane, Edinburgh

Housing at Dublin Street Lane, Edinburgh

This project was won in in a limited competition in 1994 but was not constructed until some time afterwards. The starting point for the design of this housing project was the realisation that the site represented one of the very few examples of a land use pattern in the Georgian New Town that predates the New Town's construction. The buildings that existed on the site were of indeterminate age, but the footprint of them could be traced back to the partially destroyed Broughton Village, which as can be seen from the succession of maps originally sat in countryside, had been scheduled for total elimination, but eventually found itself encircled by New Town tenements. There is therefore an almost archaeological significance to the site and although it was impossible to save or reuse the existing buildings, we elected to preserve broadly their footprint and also to a degree the spirit of an organically planned village. In this sense we designed the antithesis of the formality and hierarchy of the New Town pattern.

Our project consists of a walled precinct of houses arranged in two three storey "ranges" corresponding to previous buildings. The vehicle and pedestrian gates of the precinct are and both marked by three storey gate houses. Most of the project is for one and two bedroom flats except for six family houses on the north side.

In the spirit of reinterpreting the medieval, all apartments are reached by external staircases, Living rooms of the top floor flats are placed under the section of the roof with ridge light glazing. All the elevations are freely composed and include timber panels (a memory of the former timber yard nearby) and the spaces between the building's develop in an equally informal manner.

The project was completed in 2000.


Other Details
Architects Richard Murphy, Matt Bremner, Oliver Chapman, Keith Ross, Lesley Dell
Engineers Laird Menzies Partnership
Quantity Surveyor Thomas and Adamson
CDM Planning Supervisor Ross and Morton
Contractor Watson Construction Ltd
Construction Cost £1.5m
Client Buredi Ltd

2000 Saltire Award Commendation
2000 RIBA Award
2001 EAA Award Commendation

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  • 27 July 2000Auld Reekie's New VillageArchitects' Journal
  • 15 July 2000Settling In The ColoniesThe Scotsman Magazine
  • December 1999New Into Old : Old Into NewArca Issue No. 3
  • August 1999Small Yet Perfectly FormedHomes & Interiors Scotland
  • 11 March 1999Adventurous In The New TownScotsman Property Weekly
  • August 1998Old For NewProspect
  • 2 February 1998Shock Of The NewThe Sunday Times
  • November 1994New Town, New TalentRiba Journal
  • November 1994Dublin Street Lane CompetitionRiba Journal
  • November 1994Murphy's MagicThe Edinburgh Property Executive
  • Nov /Dec 1994Design AwardThe Register
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