Abandoned Edinburgh building to make way for modern new apartments
The City of Edinburgh Council has approved proposals to demolish a block of offices to make way for 42 new homes.
Morgan McDonnell Architecture lodged an application earlier this year on behalf of Square & Crescent Ltd regarding the Henderson Place Lane site, which extends over approximately 0.2 hectares and comprises an existing currently unoccupied two-storey office building constructed in the late 20th century.
The site sits parallel to Henderson Row, adjacent to the northern edge of Dundas Street within Edinburgh’s New Town. It is located within the New Town Conservation Area, but outwith the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.
The developer will demolish an existing vacant office block and will create new apartments with landscaping and parking along with amenity space and other associated infrastructure.
It said: “The introduction of residential use will be in keeping with the prevailing uses within this part of the New Town and will benefit from the high quality of public amenity already present within the area.
“As a currently vacant site that benefits from very good access to public transport and local amenity, thesite represents an ideal opportunity for residential development of a density that is suitable for sustainable urban living.
“The redevelopment of the site also presents the opportunity to integrate high quality and innovative design into the existing context and contribute positively to the New Town conservation area.”
The design team includes Scott Hobbs Planning as planning consultant and Rankin Fraser Landscape Architecture as landscape architect.
The City of Edinburgh Council approved the new proposal on December 14, subject to a legal agreement, following a recommendation by council planners to do so.