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Thursday, April 27, 2023

BUREDI plans for new urban village in Edinburgh submitted

A former brewery site in Edinburgh is set to be transformed into a pedestrianised, urban village through a 70 million proposal by BUREDI, a joint venture between The Burrell Company and EDI Group. The proposal for the canal-side development in Edinburgh's Fountainbridge area has now been submitted to the city council for planning permission.

The proposal is due to be considered by the Council at its Planning Committee on 26 April 2006. It reveals ambitious plans to build nearly 200 new homes in the city centre, concentrated around a new, tree-lined boulevard that features a flight of grand steps leading down to the main road.

The proposals will bring environmental and landscaping benefits for the former industrial site. These include the new pedestrianised boulevard called Freer Street, a public courtyard garden, pedestrian and cycle routes, an innovative mix of family and city-style homes and underground car parking for 120 vehicles.

The plan combines 71,500 sq ft of office space with two and three-bedroom apartments, duplexes, penthouses and family-style townhouses running along the new street. A new courtyard garden adjoining the new phase of the Edinburgh Quay development will offer people living and working in the new city quarter a relaxing place to sit.

BUREDI's Freer Street blueprint also aims to create a new footbridge over the Union Canal, establishing a major new pedestrian link between the residential area of Viewforth and the commercial Exchange District. BUREDI is keen to work with British Waterways to facilitate the footbridge.

The scheme has been drawn up for BUREDI by Allan Murray Architects whose masterplan for the area led to the Council's implementation plan for the entire Fountainbridge area. Allan Murray Architects has previously worked with BUREDI on its award-winning Coalhill and Tron Nursery developments.

Freer Street is part of a larger city changing project to regenerate the Fountainbridge area and will complement further schemes by other developers, including phase two of Edinburgh Quay, in line with the Council's Development Brief for the area.

BUREDI has struck a deal in principle to buy the Tartan Club site from Scottish & Newcastle. Subject to planning permission being secured, work will start on site at the end of 2006 with the first properties being released for sale in early 2008.