Edinburgh Haymarket 'luxury' student flats tower block approved by council

By James Delaney

Proposals for a huge new luxury student accommodation block in Edinburgh with space for more than 150 people have been approved by council planning chiefs.

The Haymarket Yards project, located behind the former HMRC building and ECS Edinburgh, will take over a long and thin section of brownfield land as part of a major redevelopment of the area.

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Locals had objected to the plans, lodged by Ladybank developments, due to concerns over the height of the building and noise caused by the works.

However, the City of Edinburgh Council’s development management sub-committee has now green-lit the blueprints, with construction expected to start later this year.

The site has lain vacant for a number of years and is set to sit alongside plans to redevelop the former tax headquarters into a "mixed use space" if local authority bosses give their backing.

The seven-storey tower will be made up of around 153 studio flats near the busy Haymarket train station and will feature amenities such as study spaces, a gym, cinema, private dining facility, roof terrace and shared gardens.

A “dedicated on-site team” will manage the facility on a 24/7 basis, while fossil fuels will not be used in its operation in line with local authority targets to make the Capital carbon neutral by 2030.

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A spokesperson for Ladybank Developments, a partnership between GSS Developments and London & Scottish Property Investment Management said: “We are thrilled to see this exciting project given the green light by the committee.

"This regenerates an urban brownfield site that has sat vacant for many years to create a high- quality sustainable accommodation for students, meeting the growing demand in the city."

They added: “The location is near to neighbouring Haymarket Station and its associated tram and bus stops and is highly accessible to the city’s universities and colleges.

"We look forward to starting this exciting development immediately and continuing to work with the council and the local community to deliver it in a considerate manner.”


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