House at 6 Braid Hills Approach, Edinburgh

Proposal for a new 5-bedroom house in the Braid Hills, to the south of Edinburgh.

Our clients purchased an undistinguished bungalow with the intention of demolishing it and replacing it with a new 500 sq m home. The site is quite extraordinary, both in terms of topography and outlook. Sitting on top of a hill (at a slightly higher altitude than Edinburgh Castle) there is a 270-degree panoramic view from Arthur's Seat to the Pentland Hills, taking in everything from Edinburgh Castle, the Fife Coastline to the 3 bridges. At present the existing house is only accessible via an external staircase rising some 9.5m from the parking area.  A new access driveway will be constructed allowing vehicles to climb up the site anticlockwise, passing through the house before arriving at a forecourt granting access to the house on the east-facing elevation.

In the tradition of the picturesque, the main view of the landscape is therefore withheld until within the house, presenting first a panorama to the west (Pentland Hills) and then up a stair to the living room to the spectacular framed view to the north with the Castle at its centre (this is depicted with a series of views taking at various points on this journey below). The three-storey house has guest rooms, garage, hobby room etc. on the ground floor, the main living spaces as a continuous cascade of space on the first floor, with family bedrooms on the top floor. The materials are white brick and zinc with timber-lined soffits. The house will have no gas, instead being powered via ground source heating (incorporating an air-recirculation system) and PV panels. The house was submitted for planning permission in February 2022 and approved in March 2023.

Detailed design & warrant submission is currently underway.

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Architects Richard Murphy, Calum Dalgetty
Engineers Calum Bennett Engineering
Road Engineer David Narro Associates
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