Student housing planned at former Tynecastle High School site

S1 Developments has unveiled plans for a new student residential development at Edinburgh’s former Tynecastle High School site. 

Student housing planned at former Tynecastle High School site

The developer said its proposal will regenerate a site that has currently lain vacant for over a decade and fallen into a state of disrepair. Due to a number of constraints, a full assessment by S1 has judged that the best use of the site is for a car free student development, with the original category B-listed school building on McLeod Street retained and restored.

Proximity to North British Distillery, which previously owned the site, Tynecastle Stadium and the Western Approach, with issues around light, smell, noise and traffic make student accommodation a more effective use of the site than residential accommodation, according to the assessment.

S1 said that a single user operator, such as a student one, is able to introduce control measures that will ensure that amenity and safety can be maintained with issues such as noise, smells and air quality easier to mitigate through a single point of control eg through the ventilation system and acoustic design.

Student housing planned at former Tynecastle High School site

It also affords opportunities to install site-wide green energy provision under the control of a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) to minimise energy consumption and improve sustainability, the firm added.

A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) was submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council in February. Full details about the proposals will be made available to the public at 9am on May 18 on the dedicated project website.

An online consultation will take place between 3pm and 7pm on the same day. Consultants will be available during those hours to answer any questions and receive feedback through a two-way chat system.

Feedback can also be submitted via the website, and information will be made available in paper format if requested. 

Dan Teague, director at S1 Developments, said: “We’re delighted to be giving the public the chance to have a say on our development proposals for the site of the former Tynecastle High School.

“As S1 Developments we develop sites to suit the location and following a full assessment of the constraints it is clear to us that student development is the most appropriate use to secure the redevelopment of the Old Tynecastle High School and develop the site in manner which is compatible with the neighbouring uses. Discussions have also been held with local stakeholders and community groups to also look at potential to form a new community space.

 “The original school building has fallen into a sorry state since it stopped being a school in 2009. Whilst the redevelopment is challenging, we are hopeful that the proposed use brings with it an opportunity to save and renovate the original school building and continue its educational use, serving students in higher education.”

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