LOCATION: Lanark Road West, Currie, Edinburgh
CLIENT: Cruden Homes (East) Ltd.
STATUS: Completed Spring 2017
DESCRIPTION: A development of 27 flats, 14 terraced houses and 7 detached houses, in Currie on the south western outskirts of the city, for Cruden Homes.
Built on the site of the former local primary school, the project involved demolishing the existing category C listed structure which was a prominent landmark within the Currie Conservation Area. Following a public consultation event and discussions with the Community Council, the initial proposals were changed in response to the views expressed by local residents, with fewer detached houses and more flats and smaller terraced houses being added.
The master planning and building design was also influenced by the scale and form of the surrounding architecture, in particular the use of gables on all facades of the local public library which was repeated in the form of the proposed adjacent flats. The library was given greater prominence by the creation of open public space to its north and west, with the new architecture being subservient to the listed building.
These factors, and the steeply sloping nature of the site, have led to a sensitive, understated development, responsive to its local context and topography.