TGP was appointed by Susan Stephen Architects to prepare a landscape layout, planting plan and detailed design package for planning submission for a student accommodation project at Stanley Place in Edinburgh. The site covers a total of 0.17 hectares and is located in the area of Abbeyhill, with the main east coast railway line running along its southern edge. The surrounding area is characterised by a mixture of residential developments and small business units, with housing to the north, a vacant workshop and former meat factory to the east, and a car sales garage to the west.
The site is long and linear, with landscape opportunities confined to the east of the site and a strip of land to the rear of the proposed building. The design works with the existing railway embankment and retaining walls to create a pathway that opens out into a series of welcoming courtyard spaces with opportunities for students to relax, work and socialise. A sympathetic planting palette compliments the scheme with textural and seasonal interest.