Oberlanders Architects wins planning for sweet Edinburgh scheme
Oberlanders Architects has won planning consent for the Sugarhouse, a £15 million mixed-use development on a sensitive site in Edinburgh’s old town.
The scheme, which includes student accommodation for 300 for client Watkin Jones & Sons, was one of the first major project planning applications to be processed through the new Planning Scotland Act’s community engagement and consultation process.
Oberlanders engaged with the Edinburgh Urban Design Panel, local civic society the Cockburn Association, Historic Scotland, local councillors and residents through a series of site visits and presentations.
The process led to the application being approved under delegated powers. Work will start on site next month and should be completed in July 2012.
The project takes its name from sugar refining which began on the site in 1752.
The proposals retain a number of listed buildings within the heart of the site which are made visible from a new courtyard and close, unlocking key routes and unseen vistas from The Royal Mile and Holyrood Road.