235 Corstorphine Road
Comprised of a refurbished Grade B listed building and two new build blocks, 235 Corstorphine Road is a private residential development in Edinburgh’s west-end.
Designed by Morgan McDonnell Architecture, with construction carried out by Square & Crescent, 235 Corstorphine Road has received a positive reception since it was completed in October 2017. This was recently highlighted when the project was recognised with a RICS Award nomination in the ‘Residential’ category.
In total, 235 Corstorphine Road consists of 31, 2 and 3 bedroom dwellings. The listed building, which sits to the north of the development site, is home to 9 of these dwellings. The two new build blocks house the other 22 at the south of the site. Vibrant landscaping has been used to help bring the two elements together, establishing a dialogue between old and new. Construction on the project began in October 2015 and took place over two phases.
Keith Mullen, Architect at Morgan McDonnell, commented:
“The project has been designed and built to the highest standards of contemporary apartment living, with a user centric focus leading each stage of the project. A key focus of our approach was to ensure sustainable fabric, structural and environmental upgrades made achieved over and above the minimum requirements set by current regulations to secure sustainable performance into the future. This applied to both listed building and new builds. Within the listed building, 4 new private terraced light-wells have been created to the north of the listed building. This subtle yet innovative move resulted in considerable areas of previously unlit and unventilated internal floor space to be effectively utilised as en-suite bedroom accommodation, vastly improving the end users quality of living.
“As a further refinement to the massing of the new build, the top storey of the blocks have been stepped back and aligned with the orientation of the listed building, breaking from the orthogonal alignment of its base. This strategy informs a visual connection with the listed building, provides a varied skyline to the building when viewed from ground level.
“To achieve the most homogenous approach to sustainability possible, we worked closely with our client to ensure that sustainable development principles have been carefully considered. The buildings have been designed, refurbished, and constructed to the highest standards ensuring a long-term offering within the market. A diverse unit type mix, thermal and fabric performance over and above the current regulations, substantial car parking, and landscaping each play their part in achieving this.”
This is not the first project of Morgan McDonnell Architecture’s to be recognised. At the RICS Awards 2015 National Finals, their work on ‘5 Advocate’s Close’ was awarded ‘Project of the Year’. Keith added:
“We are honoured to be nominated once again for a RICS Award. The shortlist for the RICS Awards represents the very best in the industry, on a local and national level. RICS are exemplars in representing and promoting exciting and progressive design and construction throughout the country, we are always over the moon to be a part of these awards.”
To view more projects from Morgan McDonnell, please visit www.morganmcdonnell.co.uk.