As its meeting on 19th April, City of Edinburgh Council approved the planning application for Canonmills Garden. Artisan Real Estate Investors is delighted to be able to proceed with its proposals for this key brownfield site overlooking the Water of Leith.

The development will be will be a mixture of one, two and three bedroom homes to be built around an internal green courtyard. Final designs include twelve colonies style properties at the western edge of the site – opposite the listed Printworks. Of the 180 new homes planned, 25% will be affordable.

Charlotte Swanson , who is Artisans Edinburgh based Development Manager, commented: “We are thrilled to have been granted planning permission and we will now continue with our next stage of work which will include seeking approval for the demolition of the existing B&Q.”

The new homes have been designed by the award winning architectural practice of Sheppard Robson and have a distinctly contemporary character using brick throughout, with timber accents.

The riverside elevation has been stepped to subtly mediate between the differing size buildings at either end of the site. The project also includes a public pedestrian street running from north of south, helping knit the development into its surroundings and also providing a connection through to the city centre.

Sheppard Robson, James Dick partner at Sheppard Robson, said: “We want to balance an understanding of context with creating an architectural additional that is clearly modern and in tune with the marketplace.

“The project has been designed to have two different characters: the inner courtyard is calm and tranquil heart to the development whilst the perimeter has a definite urban character, fitting with the townscape.”

In April, Artisan won the prestigious Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors “Regeneration of the Year” award for the New Waverley development.