Richard Murphy Architects
Responsive Menu

Postgraduate Housing for The University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

Postgraduate Housing for The University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

This competition winning scheme for a 248 bed post graduate student housing building represents the first phase of John Hope Architect’s master plan for this section of Edinburgh Old Town.  The project consists of generally six person apartments arranged around a sociable courtyard at two different levels with a common room adjacent to the courtyard entrance.

Access to apartments is via broad open balconies and two suspended spiral staircases to encourage student interaction. Most apartments have communal kitchens at significant urban corners and internal circulation is generally daylit and single sided. Two roof terraces are available for all students to enjoy. Most rooms have the distinctive projecting window bay which we are happy to see is already being colonised by students  as a window seat since the building was occupied in October 2014.

Our Holyrood South post-graduate accommodation for Edinburgh University achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating.


Other Details
Architects Richard Murphy, Bill Black, Kris Grant, David McPeak, Klas Hyllen, Paul Pattinson, Kevin McAvinchey, Jonathan Millard
Engineers Buro Happold
M&E Engineers Buro Happold
Construction Cost £12m
Size 6890
Client University of Edinburgh
  • 29 July 2011University Submits Murphy Plans Building Design
  • 21 July 2011University To Bed In New Student FlatsScotsman
  • March 2015Holyrood South, Richard Murphy Architects' housing for postgraduate students in Edinburgh has a concern for conviviality at its heartArchitecture Today
15 Old Fishmarket Close, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1RW | Tel 0131 220 6125 |