Students' Communal Spaces Approved

We are delighted that our proposals for multifunctional communal spaces have just been approved by the planning department.  The ground floors of two student accommodation blocks will be transformed to include places to cook, eat and relax together, as well as spaces for projects and workshop facilities.   

A range of project spaces, workshops and facilities, arranged around a central multifunctional area.

A range of project spaces, workshops and facilities, arranged around a central multifunctional area.

The proposals are for Edinburgh Student Housing Cooperative - a group of pioneering students who came together to save money by sharing accomodation costs.  In doing so, they formed a community, and are developing a microculture and shared vision for long-term sustainability.  Regenerating these spaces will be a physical manifestation of this, and opportunity to foster further growth.

Participatory design sessions, aimed at fostering consensus, were key to developing the proposals.

Participatory design sessions, aimed at fostering consensus, were key to developing the proposals.

 

In developing a brief, we worked with a group of around twenty of the 106 members, listening to a range of ideas and helping to balance priorities. We consolidated the various desired uses into coherent but flexible layouts, grouping similar activities and ensuring each space has an individual identity to encourage cross-usage between the blocks.

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the Coop so far, and we very much look forward to seeing the project realised on site.