Project Summary

Sector: Education, Higher Education, Student Accommodation

Project profile: Design, Build and Finance of this multi-site development which has delivered 234 beds in a single block building.

Customer: Edinburgh Napier University

Value: £15.6 million

Stage: Completed September 2016

Location: Fountain Bridge, Edinburgh

Professional Team

Funder: Aviva Investments

Tenant: University of Bangor

Legal Advisor: Brodies LLP

Architect: Allan Murray Architects

Contractor: CCG Limited

Employers Agent: Spring & Company Limited

CDM: Spring & Company Limited


Structural: Tier Consulting

Planning Consultant: JLL

Project Description

Following the successful completion of Cityheart’s phase one, £46.4m campus development, at Fountain Street for Edinburgh Napier University in 2013, Cityheart were appointed in 2014 to develop a further 234 beds.

This phase two scheme located at Orwell Terrace is a very tight urban site. The site was tenanted by the Plumb Centre who were relocated. Through the early development period we worked with the landowner to find a parcel of land to re-locate to and agreed terms. We successfully developed their new store for £1.9m.

The Orwell Terrace scheme design provides for the University’s initial requirements for 37 flats, in a range of formats from 5 to 9 bedrooms, together with ancillary accommodation. This has been met with a group of buildings across the site designed to create a sense of place and community. We also provided a new pedestrian street to create a through route between Orwell Terrace and Dalry Park. Overlooking the park we have bookended the new street with a strongly defined rectangular block and a rotunda tower to create a focal point on the site.