Final plans for the restoration of Donaldson’s College and creation of an exciting new build crescent overlooking the historic building in Edinburgh have been submitted in a joint application from City & Country and CALA-Evans.
Heritage restoration specialist, City & Country, has lodged details of its proposals to transform the Category A-Listed Playfair building into 117 residential homes, while also converting two gatehouses.
Meanwhile CALA Homes proposes to create a split crescent of 84 stunning new build apartments to the north of the building, one of the most recognisable in the Scottish capital.
Helen Moore, Managing Director of City & Country, said: “This is a truly magnificent building in a World Heritage Site, so it is absolutely right that such time and effort has gone into the public consultation. Having listened carefully to extensive feedback we are confident that our plans provide the best possible solution to safeguard the iconic Playfair building, while sensitively adding a new layer of history to the site.”
She continued: “The local community, businesses and the City of Edinburgh Council have all stated how important it is to see this building secured for future generations and it is vitally important that a viable new use is found. After much work, we hope our plans will be approved, allowing the next positive chapter in the life of the Playfair building and for the Donaldson’s site to be realised.”
City & Country will create stylish conversion apartments, from studios up to three bedroom luxurious duplexes with views over the city. Being an expert in the restoration of listed buildings the proposals are very sensitive to the heritage of the building and many historic features are being retained including original joinery, fireplaces, cornices and staircases.
CALA’s proposed new crescent to the north of the site would create a varied mix of property types, including family units, one bed apartments, maisonettes, ground floor apartments with private gardens and penthouses. Parking for all residents would be within discrete underground car parks.
David McGrath, Managing Director of CALA Homes (East) said: “Throughout the process we have liaised closely with planners and with other departments within the City of Edinburgh Council. It has been reassuring that they have been so committed to seeing this site restored. We are excited to be submitting our final plans after a detailed and lengthy process. Now we look forward to the chance to deliver what would be a truly outstanding addition to a very special location.”