Sheppard Robson secures planning for residential development in Edinburgh

18th May 2017

Sheppard Robson's 180-unit residential project, which will reinvigorate a prominent brownfield site on the Water of Leith River in the north of Edinburgh, has received planning consent. 

The Canonmills Garden development for client Artisan REI will address the adjacent green space and river whilst providing access through the site to The New Town. This has been achieved by configuring the development as four blocks set around a tranquil garden square that will provide access to the one, two and three-bedroom apartments as well as the maisonettes and townhouses in the development, which includes a 25% provision for veteran and affordable homes.

Drawing on the architectural character of the surrounding historic buildings, Sheppard Robson’s design has carefully considered materiality, scale and proportion.  The scheme uses brick throughout, with timber accents and balconies used to soften and articulate the elevations. The brick at ground level uses a variated coursing pattern to define base and middle of the brick elevations.

Giving the design a distinctively contemporary character, the upper elements of the new terraces appear as a single folded shape, created by the use of horizontal metal cladding coloured to match the adjacent brick.

The prominent riverside elevation has been stepped to break down the mass of the development, with the variation in form subtly mediating between the differing size buildings at either end of the site. The project also includes a public pedestrian street running from north of south, helping knit the development into its surroundings and also providing a connection through to the city centre.

Sheppard Robson, James Dick partner at Sheppard Robson, said:

“We wanted to balance an understanding of context with creating an architectural additional that is clearly modern and in tune with the marketplace.

“The project has been designed to have two different characters: the inner courtyard is calm and tranquil heart to the development whilst the perimeter has a definite urban character, fitting with the townscape.”