S Harrison submits student plan for Gorgie site
Former industrial site would be transformed
Development company S Harrison has submitted plans for student accommodation on a vacant site in the Gorgie area of Edinburgh.
The development on Gorgie Road will have 269 bedrooms in two buildings with a wide range of amenities and facilities. The site is next to the Water of Leith and the scheme would incorporate soft landscaping, connecting to the river bank.
York-based S Harrison acquired the site last year. It housed several industrial units that were recently demolished.
Chris Hale, from S Harrison, said: “This site is centrally located between several Edinburgh Napier University buildings, as well as having good access to The University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. It also benefits from excellent sustainable public transport links and has plenty of local facilities on the doorstep, so it’s the ideal location for a high-quality student accommodation scheme.
“There’s also strong demand in the city for this type of development. Edinburgh is one of the UK’s top locations to study and students expect high quality, well-furnished rooms with exceptional communal facilities in well-located developments. As a result, the market is extremely active with limited supply compared to other cities, which makes this development a particularly exciting opportunity.”
S Harrison has made a significant investment in Edinburgh in recent years. In 2016 it completed work on a £23 million, 240-bedroom student accommodation scheme, with retail units on the ground floor, on Leith Walk, known as Haddington Place. The company is currently transforming Buchan House on St Andrew Square in Edinburgh’s New Town into a 72-bedroom Malmaison hotel with bar and brasserie.
S Harrison also recently acquired a former retail and office unit, with adjoining land, on Westfield Road and is exploring opportunities for a 0.6 hectare site on Ocean Drive in Leith, as well as pursuing planning approval to transform a 1970s office building in the West Coates area, into a new hotel development.
The gross development value of the five current schemes will be approximately £150 million and the company is now exploring further opportunities across Scotland’s central belt.