Planning proposals submitted by PLATFORM_ is for 527 Build to Rent homes in the heart of Edinburgh, just two miles north of the city centre. The site will consist of studios, one, two- and three-bedroom apartments across three blocks ranging from four to seven storeys. PLATFORM_ appointed a design team to deliver the scheme – Turley planning consultants, jmarchitects, engineers Harley Haddow and landscape architects Hirst.
Amenities will include a gym, bike club, resident’s lounge, concierge, reception, a shop and café, and a variety of external communal spaces including private courtyards and roof top terraces. Plans also included creating a ‘pocket park’ to complement a future connection into The Water of Leith Walkway, 602 cycle parking spaces both internal and external, 57 car parking spaces including 3 disabled spaces and 10 electric charging points, and an ecological quiet zone adjacent to The Water of Leith.
“We’re thrilled to submit this application for our Build to Rent scheme in Edinburgh. Bonnington Road Lane is an ideal location to spearhead PLATFORM_’s vision in Edinburgh.
“Not only will we develop the site, but we will operate the building. Our residents may rent an apartment but will also have an abundance of common amenities at their disposal, including a gym, communal workspaces, a bike club, and rooftop gardens.”Matt Willock, Development Director at PLATFORM_
The 4.8-acre site is on Bonnington Road Lane – which also includes the now derelict John Lewis depot. The surrounding area has historically been in commercial and industrial use but is now undergoing regeneration.
There’s extensive public transport in the area, with several bus routes along Bonnington Road, Newhaven Road, Ferry Road and Leith Walk, and Waverley train station is in easy reach by foot or bus. There are also additional proposals to extend Edinburgh’s tram route down Leith Walk in 2022.
PLATFORM_ focuses on providing accessible Build to Rent housing and aims for rent to be affordable to at least 50% of the working population of the city.
“These proposals not only serve to redevelop a vital location, but help to tackle Edinburgh’s crisis in realistic housing, especially in Edinburgh city centre. Build to Rent is a new, upward trend that offers high-quality rented accommodation at competitive prices for a wide-ranging demographic. Across the UK, nearly 60 per cent of our residents earn less than £30,000 a year.
“We’ve consulted widely and diligently with stakeholders in Edinburgh and the public in Leith to ensure they’ve had an opportunity to input their views about the proposals. The plans represent a collaborative discussion about how best to make this site work.”Matt Willock, Development Director at PLATFORM_