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Student housing with an historical twist

Manderston Street Student Accommodation

Manderston Street Courtyard


Longstone (2) Limited





The transformation of this former mill into boutique-quality Purpose Built Student Accommodation exemplifies creative reuse and adaptation within a vibrant conservation area, all while preserving its historical fabric and heritage.

The background

Embedded within the ever lively and evolving neighbourhood of Leith, the site of this development and context is rich in history and intrigue. The starting point is a redundant bingo hall, formerly a cinema and originally an industrial mill. Historical fragments are retained and creatively repurposed, augmented with bold contemporary additions that elevate, invigorate and integrate the surrounding streetscape.

Courtesy of NEST Marketing

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The design approach

The design strategy carefully carves out the building’s non-listed interior, retaining the perimeter walls and elevations.  Bespoke apartments are then arranged around a central courtyard space that brings a distinctive identity and focus to the PBSA development.

A robustly repurposed external shell embraces a re-imagined interior landscape, where the auditorium becomes a courtyard, a place where student life can be enhanced and celebrated through an exceptional urban-interior open space that takes centre stage.

The design approach celebrates the unique identity of the building, its character and place making, while delivering high density, thermally efficient urban residential apartments within.

Manderston Street Elevation

The impact

Through close collaboration with a creative design team and an inspired client, the development showcases sustainable re-use and repurposing of existing building stock, while building on our award winning portfolio of student housing within sensitive World Heritage contexts, where aspirational placemaking supports hugely positive, high density, contemporary urban living.

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Andrew Wilmot Partner Residential lead

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