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Student housing and placemaking of global significance

Holyrood North Postgraduate Student Accommodation

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Client

University of Edinburgh & Balfour Beatty Investments

Location

Edinburgh

Progress

Complete

Contemporary placemaking within a World Heritage context, this award winning development builds a new community of student living integrated with community outreach, teaching, cafe and retail spaces.

The background

Holyrood North is a groundbreaking development realised within the University of Edinburgh’s student residential portfolio. The development provides nearly twelve hundred student beds for postgraduate students along with an innovative outreach centre and student engagement/social space, created in the extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage site of Edinburgh’s Old Town. 

We were appointed as the masterplanner and leader of the multidisciplinary design team to realise the overall vision.

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The Design Approach

The project provides contemporary buildings with exciting and responsive urban spaces that establish a cohesive community feel in the heart of the University’s Holyrood campus.

The aspiration was for a unique, innovative and world-class approach to the delivery of residential accommodation and amenity space in an educational setting, responding to a changing global student market. The development also sought to create a distinctive environment – a world within a world - which considered the themes of privacy for study, coming together through informal and chance encounters, to more formal gatherings.

A large-scale 450-bedroom ‘collegiate’ Residence Hall sits in the heart of the development with four domestic-scale buildings around the periphery of the site. A cafe, laundry, retail and outreach centre, serving both the University and community, bridges community and academia along principal bustling thoroughfares, offering flexible and adaptable accommodation for continued learning, community education and event facilities.

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The project provides contemporary buildings with exciting and responsive urban spaces that establish a cohesive community feel in the heart of the University’s Holyrood campus.

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The Impact

The development was the recipient of multiple design awards including the inaugural RIAS President's Medal for Placemaking, securing our second Scottish Government Excellence in Planning Award.

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Holyrood North Residence Hall & Outreach Centre has successfully achieved relation and integration within an urban context in terms of scale and materials.

Andrew Wilmot

Partner

Credits

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Cadzow Pelosi

Andrew Wilmot Partner Residential lead

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