HUB and Bridges Fund Management secure planning permission for a residential-led development on Beaverhall Road, Edinburgh, from Edinburgh City Council. The Beaverhall Build to Rent and creative workspace scheme will deliver 205 Build to Rent homes, including 52 affordable homes, as well as creative workspace and a new publicly accessible courtyard.
Designed by architects shedkm, the Beaverhall scheme will replace an existing warehouse with a contemporary scheme that maintains the site’s status as a focal point for the resident creative community. It will deliver 45% more creative workspace than provided by the current building, whilst also bringing new homes to the area.
“We’re really excited to be working with HUB to preserve this creative heart in Edinburgh, while improving the built environment for the local community. We look forward to bringing our longstanding experience in regenerating areas across the UK, to create a modern, sustainable place that builds upon Edinburgh’s industrious heritage and remains a key piece of the city.”James Spencer, Associate, shedkm
Proposals for the scheme have been developed in collaboration with the local community and current businesses. The ground floor creative workspace has been co-designed by existing tenants – many of whom plan to move into the new development.
Amenities at Beaverhall have been designed to offer a mix of public and private space for the community and residents. Makers Yard, a new public courtyard will be the focal point of the scheme. It will offer residents, commercial tenants and neighbours a space to relax and gather. Beaverhall will also feature a large mural by a local Edinburgh artist on one of the external walls.
The scheme will include two additional landscape led courtyards – an enclosed courtyard, accessed by the creative spaces directly adjoining and a second private courtyard for residents at upper ground level. There will also be a large rooftop terrace at level 5, providing a different setting and scenery with large amounts of sunlight throughout the day. Beaverhall will also feature a large mural by a local Edinburgh artist, on one of the external walls.
Situated in Canonmills, just north of Edinburgh’s New Town, the proposed development is within easy reach of the iconic city centre, while benefiting from a sense of community created by the area’s existing amenities.
“We are hugely excited to be moving forward with one of our first developments in Edinburgh. It’s a fantastic city which has a long-established creative scene, and prides itself on its wealth of small, independent businesses. Our plans for Beaverhall will maintain the site’s status as a hive of creativity by placing studios and maker spaces at the heart of the development, alongside high quality, sustainable homes for local people.
“What we are doing here demonstrates the potential to create lively mixed-use communities on urban brownfield sites, and this is a model that we want to champion both in Edinburgh and elsewhere across the UK.”Tom Valente, Development Manager, HUB
In line with HUB and Bridges Fund Management’s shared values, the scheme will prioritise both people and planet. Beaverhall plans exceed current Scottish sustainability regulations and include a biodiverse green roof, as well as a communal air source heat pump to provide environmentally responsible heating for the entire building. The designs maximise the potential of a brownfield city centre site and will deliver ‘tenure-blind’ homes, so all homes will be of the same high quality.
“For Bridges and HUB, people and planet are central to the design and planning of all our new developments. By building high-quality, sustainable lower-cost housing, coupled with enticing public spaces that reflect the needs of local people, we can create highly attractive developments that really deliver for the local community. Beaverhall will be a perfect example of this; and we’re particularly delighted that we’ve also been able to reflect the site’s heritage as a creative hub in the design. We can’t wait to see it come to life in the months ahead.”Simon Ringer, Partner and Head of Property, Bridges Fund Management