Housing at Canongate

Awarded first place in limited design competition.

Sixteen new-build flats, arranged in two blocks, over a new car park set into the slope of the site. The development was part of John Hope's masterplan for the renewal of a former brewery, located off the Royal Mile. Red facing brick was chosen to match the fabric of the adjacent brewery building, but detailed to give a crisp contrast to the utilitarian detailing of the older structure. The commission was the result of one of two competition wins within the overall development (for the housing site and also a separate competition for the renovation of the adjacent existing building, which the new housing extends).

Client: Old Town Housing Assoc
Quantity Surveyor: Pottie Wilson
Engineer: Wren & Bell

Location: Cooper's Court, Canongate, Edinburgh
Building (13 Jun1997) issue 64, pp44-46 (article ‘Housing on the Horizon’).
Architecture Today no 105 (Feb 2000) pp23 & 24 (Article “Holyrood Renaissance”)
Prospect (Sep/Oct 2000 Issue 75) p1, accompanying article “Postcards from the Edge” by John Pelan)
RIBA Journal (Oct 2000) pp54-58 (article  “Between Castle and Crags” by Andy Law)
ARCA (Apr 2001, issue 6) pp1, 34-38 (article  “Behind the Painted Mile”)
Edinburgh - A Guide to Recent Architecture book, J Rodger, Ellipsis  (text & photos pp11.2 & 11.3; 2.12 & 2.13).  ISBN 1 84166 066 3
Scottish Architecture 2000-2002 book, The Lighthouse, Glasgow, Ediited S MacDonald ISBN 0 9536533 5 8
Photos: Keith Hunter Photography and e&f mclachlan architects

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