Edinburgh News: Student accommodation plans, which include a new pub, in the Jock’s Lodge area will go out for public consultation
The proposals, put forward by property developer Alumno, will create specialist student accommodation on the corner of Restalrig Road South and London Road, where The Willow currently stands.
Plans include a new “community pub” which will replace the current Limelite bar. It will remain under the management of the current owner.
Paul Stallan of Architects for Development, Stallan Brand, said: “As a parent whose daughter has just completed university in Edinburgh, I can confirm that the city’s housing supply for undergraduates n is not satisfactory.
“Queuing in front of estate agents to source and compete for a limited number of private apartments because there is a lack of quality purpose-built student accommodation is a reality. Well, that was it for me !
“There is clearly significant demand for safe and engaging student life, given the impressive growth of Edinburgh’s higher education sector and its ability to attract learners from around the world.
“Whether for a domestic or international market, a new generation of student residential architecture is an enduring necessity for the city.”
“The scale and massing of the project has been worked out through an extensive pre-consultation process with the Edinburgh planning team to arrive at a respectful design which we are confident will bring new dynamism to this place. .”
The student development will include 188 student rooms spread over seven floors.
It will include a mix of single rooms with shared kitchens and larger studio-style rooms.
In a statement, the company says the proportion of students in the area after housing construction will “still be significantly lower than the proportion of full-time students living in the Southside/Newington, Downtown, Meadows/Morningside and Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart halls.
Due to Covid restrictions, the consultation will include live interaction via an online chat function on August 10 between 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. where members of the project team will be available to answer questions and interact with the local community.
David Campbell, Founder of Alumno, said: “Our exciting mixed-use student program will serve to free up accommodation for families, meeting the growing demand from students by providing accommodation on what is a very constrained and challenging site.
“Jobs and investment will be generated both during construction and once completed, and will also serve to re-provide a local community pub, currently located on the site.
“As a company with a strong reputation for commissioning new artwork, if approved, we look forward to working with local artists on commissioning new artwork for the site.
“We urge the public to get involved in this consultation exercise, allowing them to shape our proposals as we move forward.”
Limelite owner Andy Currie added: “We are very excited about the potential to be part of this development, providing a new community pub and providing future generations with a great place to socialize.
“The local businesses I have spoken with are extremely supportive of the proposals and this new student population will not only provide a much needed boost through increased attendance, but will also be able to provide employment opportunities, qu ‘they are currently struggling to fill.
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