Plans lodged for 198-bed Edinburgh student complex

PLANNING permission is being sought for a new student accommodation development in Edinburgh’s London road.

Property developer Summix Capital is behind the plans for the 198-bed project. Situated opposite Meadowbank Stadium, the building will comprise a mix of clusters and studios together with a community/office space, student common areas, a laundry, cycle parking and underground bin stores.

Cycling forms a key part of the proposal, with 198 bicycle spaces. There will also be Sheffield racks available for visitors and staff. An energy efficient design is also proposed, including low flush toilets and low flow taps and showers.

The development has been tipped to generate 85 jobs through the construction period.

Architects 3DReid worked on the project, while the planning consultants were Turley.

A spokesperson for Summix Capital Ltd said, “We are delighted to submit this application for high quality student accommodation which will serve to redevelop a location in previous commercial and industrial use. Given the high sustainability of the location there is no requirement for car parking spaces beyond those for the City Car club and disabled spaces, and we are ensuring that there is excellent provision of bicycle spaces.

“The development also serves to address the increasing demand for student accommodation, fulfilling the ambitious growth plans of universities in the city, which are key drivers of the economy. This also helps to reduce pressure on the private housing market as well as delivering a substantial amount in additional expenditure into the local economy.”