30 Mar 2022

Our plans for a creative community in Cannonmills, Edinburgh

We have submitted plans for a residential-led development on Beaverhall Road, Edinburgh, working with funding partner Bridges. The scheme will provide 205 Build to Rent homes, including 52 affordable homes, as well as creative workspace co-designed with locals and a new publicly accessible courtyard.

The proposals for Beaverhall Road will replace an existing warehouse building, with a contemporary scheme that maintains the site’s status as a hub for the local creative community, while bringing new homes to the area. New public realm, Makers Yard, will sit at the heart of the scheme, acting as a focal point for both residents and commercial tenants, as well as neighbours. The scheme will also feature a large mural, displayed on one of the external walls.

As with all our schemes, people and planet are at the heart of the scheme. The new development makes efficient use of a brownfield city centre site and will deliver tenure blind homes for all ages, meaning all residents’ homes will be of the same high quality. The plans exceed current Scottish sustainability regulations and include a communal air source heat pump to provide environmentally responsible heating for the entire building and a biodiverse green roof.

Designed by architects shedkm, the scheme has been developed in close collaboration with the local community and current businesses, with the ground floor creative workspace co-designed by the existing tenants.

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. Walking distance from both elegant Stockbridge, home of the Royal Botanic Gardens, and eclectic Leith, which Time Out recently named one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods, this scheme will allow residents to explore the best that the city has to offer.