Situated on the main arterial route between Edinburgh City Centre and Leith, this student accommodation development comprises 226 bedrooms in a mix of studio and cluster rooms, with integral amenity areas and 1245m² of mixed use commercial floor space.
The scheme is located in a sensitive context within the New Town Conservation area and in a predominantly residential neighbourhood. The site has remained a gap site for many years and sits adjacent to the B-listed McDonald Road Library. The site was once the home of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh and the iconic Georgian Botanic Cottage, designed by eminent architect John Adam and New Town mastermind James Craig (prior to its relocation and preservation). The scheme aims to respect the urban grain of Haddington Place, being mindful of the existing street frontages and feu pattern and great care has been taken to minimise overshadowing to the library and its reading rooms as well as the lower scale buildings and terraces along Annandale Street Lane.
Efforts have also been made to capture afternoon and evening sun in the central courtyard. The main elevation to Haddington Place features a composition of buff stone cladding and dark grey zinc, with a horizontal emphasis echoing that of the neighbouring Georgian tenements. As the mass of the building breaks down towards the mews condition in Annandale Street Lane, a green roof has been employed to add visual amenity to the student residents and neighbouring buildings who ovelook the lane.