Project Summary

Sector: Education, Higher Education, Student Accommodation

Project profile: Design, Build and Finance of this development which has delivered 778 student beds in 116 clusters over seven blocks in four buildings. In addition, we provided pastoral space, an 800m² student union, a Sainsbury’s Local convenience store and a 1½ acre public park.

Customer: Edinburgh Napier University

Value: £46.4 million

Stage: Completed September 2013

Location: Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

Professional Team

Funder: Standard Life Investments

Tenant: Edinburgh Napier University

Legal Advisor: Brodies LLP

Architect: Allan Murray Architects

Contractor: Pochin Construction Limited

Employers Agent: Spring & Company Limited

CDM: Tweeds

M&E: Gifford

Structural: Gifford

Planning Consultant: CBRE

Project Description

Cityheart were appointed by Edinburgh Napier University as their development partner for this initial phase one development located on the Fountainbridge campus, to provide student accommodation shortage as part of the University’s ten year property strategy.

CityHeart identified a large 22 acre parcel of land on the former Scottish & Newcastle Brewery site and secured an option on the land owned by Lloyd’s Bank. The site was located half way between the main University campus and the City Centre with strong bus links. In consultation with the Vendor and the University’s requirements we provided a masterplan. This masterplan included linking the new student accommodation scheme to a new local school development.

Cityheart with consultants CBRE were successful in achieving Outline planning consent for the site masterplan and detailed consent for the specific University accommodation and associated works. Both parties worked together to maximise S70 costs in the overall development. The site included Student Accommodation, retail, a new school, offices, residential (apartments for sale) and a generous public realm space.

Having obtained a detailed consent, Pochin Construction Limited were chosen as the preferred contractor and completed the scheme in September 2013.

The overall design specifically creates a central block arranged around a 30x34m courtyard garden, with smaller footprint buildings fronting the new park. To animate the park, the smaller buildings have a public, or semi-public dimension at ground floor and above. A community facility is included for two floors on the north east block and the south east block contains the student centre. These uses and associated entrances animate the public space surrounding them. On the corner of Gibson Terrace and Dundee Street, an L-shaped block recreates an urban corner, and is appropriately scaled to its context. This building contains retail at street level and reinforces the character of the street.