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Oslo delegation visits city

Oberlanders offers guide to blending old and new

Andrew WilmotAndrew Wilmot (far left) and David McNabb showing Oslo delegates Holyrood North student accommodation

A 25-strong delegation of Norwegian architects and politicians visited Edinburgh to observe how modern developments can blend successfully with a heritage environment. 

Representatives from Oslo’s Agency for Planning and Building Services, together with a cross-party group of politicians, were seeking an insight the way the Scottish Government, Scottish architects and developers have worked together to introduce new buildings into a historic city centre.

The delegation spent three days in talks with the City of Edinburgh Council and visited various projects, including Edinburgh-based Oberlanders’ multiple award-winning student accommodation schemes: Sugarhouse Close and Holyrood North.

Andrew Wilmot, Oberlanders’ partner and project lead architect, gave the delegation a guided tour, assisted by the firm’s associate architects Gillian Blackburn and David McNabb. 

Mr Wilmot said: “We were delighted to showcase two of our recent developments. Both demonstrate that high density, commercially successful architecture can deliver positive experiences and create a unique sense of place.

“It’s flattering that the world now comes to these corners of Edinburgh to see what’s possible when clients, developers, architects and city planners work together with an aspiration to create something exceptional.”

Andrew Wilmot

Tour party in Bakehouse Close viewing neighbouring Sugarhouse Close

Tour organiser Kristin NotØ said: “We have come to this beautiful city of Edinburgh on a fact-finding mission to see urban housing developments within an historic cultural heritage site.

“We are particularly interested in the design and building process here in Scotland, and the required regulations, applications and citizen participation.

“We were very keen to hear what everyone involved had learned from these processes. As a group we especially wanted to look at examples of student accommodation, and therefore chose two of Oberlanders’ award-winning projects as examples of how to get it right.”

Delegates at the Holyrood North student accommodation


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