AHSS Objects to Demolition Proposal in Edinburgh Conservation Area

AHSS Objects to Demolition Proposal in Edinburgh Conservation Area

The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland’s Forth & Borders Cases Panel has lodged objections against the demolition proposal for the building at 50 Gillespie Crescent within the Marchmont, Meadows, and Bruntsfield Conservation Area. This structure, constructed in the 1930s for the Royal Blind Asylum and School, stands as a meticulously designed stone building with a slate roof, contributing significantly to the area’s character.

The proposed replacement—a five-story building with 145 student flats—does not align with the area’s special character. Our objections emphasise the disproportionate scale, unsuitable design, and encroachment upon open spaces, undermining the conservation area’s character and diminishing the neighbouring tenements’ amenity. We firmly advocate for exploring alternative uses for the existing building, preserving its historical significance, and ensuring any development respects the area’s unique heritage.

The AHSS stands firm against the demolition of this distinctive building, stressing the need to uphold the architectural and historical integrity of Edinburgh’s Conservation Areas. Our objections aim to encourage thoughtful consideration and alternatives that respect the heritage and character of this historic area.

Read our objection letter.

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