Welcome boost for Muirhouse Shopping Centre plans

THE regeneration of the Pennywell and Muirhouse Shopping Centre in Edinburgh has moved a step closer after Barton Willmore secured Planning Permission in Principle on behalf of Robertson Regeneration.

The proposals are being delivered by Robertson Partnership Homes for City of Edinburgh Council’s 21st Century Homes. Plans feature a mixed-use design comprising shops, commercial units and housing, all focused around a new public realm civic square.

Barton Willmore said many of the buildings around the shopping centre will be demolished to make way for the new facilities. The buildings will be replaced by three urban blocks with ground floor retail/commercial and residential development above. A fourth block is intended to be a ‘Community’ Hub building, becoming the focal point around the civic square.

The Muirhouse Shopping Centre will sit at the centre of the Pennywell regeneration project, with much of the new housing designed by Barton Willmore for developer Urban Union, and currently being built by Robertson Group. More than 700 new homes will be delivered over the next eight years.

Katherine Mackintosh of Robertson Regeneration said, “Working with Barton Willmore, the design team and the community we have been able to design a centre that sits perfectly alongside the larger Pennywell regeneration project and will be a further asset to the local community, helping to promote a long term sustainable community.”

Stuart Bishop, architecture director at Barton Willmore added, “We have been involved in the regeneration of Pennywell and Muirhouse now for several years and the award of this further planning approval is a major step forward for the regeneration area. We are immensely proud of the wider proposals we have designed and the positive change that the community are experiencing within their neighbourhood.”