A landmark building in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat is to be transformed into a residence for students at Edinburgh University.
Lakesmere Scotland will play a key role in the project to develop Deaconess House, a former Victorian hospital in the Pleasance, into a modern accommodation scheme.
The Kalyvides Partnership has designed the scheme for Mace Properties, and Lakesmere will commence work on site for Graham Construction, the main contractor, this autumn.
The original façade is being retained and refurbished in a mixture of Crossland Hills Yorkstone and aluminium cladding, and three new blocks will be created to the rear, laid out around a landscaped central courtyard. These blocks will rise to four or five storeys and will contain a total of 315 bedrooms in both studio apartments and communal units.
Elsewhere in the capital, Lakesmere Scotland is currently putting the finishing touches to Napier University’s new student residence scheme at Fountainbridge. Working with Alan Murray Architects, the company is responsible for the design and installation of both aluminium plank and cassette cladding, in addition to Alucobond ACM cladding, at the extensive 778-room Bainfield complex.