Sugarhouse Close, Edinburgh
This 300 bed student accommodation development for the Watkin Jones Group, is located within the UNESCO Edinburgh Old Town World Heritage Site and is accessed from The Royal Mile and Holyrood Road. It was one of the first “Major Project” planning applications to be processed through the “new” Planning Scotland Act Community Engagement and Consultation process.
Through a series of site visits and presentations Oberlanders engaged with the Edinburgh Urban Design Panel, Historic Scotland, The Cockburn Association, local Councillors and residents, gaining such encouragement and support, the project approved under Delegated powers. This outcome is testament to our positive engagement with local people and interested parties, together with our pro-active and constructive dialogue with planning officials. The City of Edinburgh Council Planning Report stated: ‘The design of the site shows an excellent understanding of the historical development of the area and the buildings on the site. This has allowed the architects to create a scheme which is both sympathetic and dynamic, creating high quality urban design and architecture’
The project retained and included the conversion of a number of listed but redundant former brewery buildings. These were made visible from a new Courtyard and Close, unlocking key routes and previously unseen vistas from The Royal Mile and Holyrood Road towards the historic Brewhouses and Kilns. The project has won numerous design and planning awards and is regarded as an exemplar urban design project by The City of Edinburgh Council, featuring in its current design guides.