Edinburgh Haymarket ‘luxury’ student apartment tower approved by council

Proposals for a huge new block of luxury student accommodation in Edinburgh that can accommodate over 150 people have been approved by the council’s planning chiefs.

The Haymarket Yards project, located behind the old HMRC and ECS Edinburgh building, will take over a long, thin section of brownfield land as part of a major redevelopment of the area.

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Residents had objected to the plans, filed by Ladybank developments, over concerns about the height of the building and noise caused by the works.

However, the development management subcommittee of Edinburgh City Council has now given the green light to the plans, with construction due to start later this year.

The site has been vacant for several years and should sit alongside the project to redevelop the former tax office into a “mixed-use area” if the bosses of the local authorities give their approval.

The seven-story tower will consist of around 153 studios close to the busy Haymarket station and will include amenities such as study areas, gym, cinema, private dining room, terrace on the roof and shared gardens.

A “dedicated on-site team” will manage the facility 24/7, while fossil fuels will not be used in its operation in line with local authorities’ targets to make the capital carbon neutral by 2030.

The project will include 153 studios as well as a gym, cinema and rooftop terrace. (Image: Ladybank Developments)

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A spokesperson for Ladybank Developments, a partnership between GSS Developments and London & Scottish Property Investment Management, said: “We are delighted to see this exciting project given the green light from the committee.

“This regenerates an urban brownfield that has remained vacant for many years to create high-quality, sustainable accommodation for students, meeting the city’s growing demand. “

They added: “The location is close to nearby Haymarket station and its associated tram and bus stops and is very accessible to universities and colleges in the city.

“We look forward to starting this exciting development immediately and continuing to work with the council and the local community to implement it in a considerate manner. ”

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