Baird’s Close One

Grassmarket, Edinburgh

CLIENT: Campus DM & Peveril Securities / Bowmer+Kirkland

SECTOR: All, Masterplanning, Residential

VALUE: £8m part of a £40m Masterplan

STATUS: Complete

The Baird’s Close One Apartment development forms a cornerstone of the wider mixed-use regeneration of King’s Stables Road and offers owners the rare chance to live in upmarket, contemporary accommodation within touching distance of Edinburgh’s iconic castle, Old Town World Heritage Site and the vibrant Grass market Area.

Nestled at the foot of the Grade A listed King’s Bridge, the scheme comprises of thirty-two studio, one bed and two-bed apartments, a commercial unit and associated amenities. Baird’s Close One occupies the site of a former nightclub and was the first portion delivered of a wider masterplan for the adjacent Council Cleaning and Street Lighting Depo on behalf of Campus DM and Peveril Securities.

The south of the development is dominated by the existing Argyle House, a brutalist 60s office block, therefore rear-facing units were orientated to include these corner windows and north facing slots to ensure even these capture more appealing views of the castle or Old Town beyond.

Each portion of the development is orientated to ensure views into and through the site are respected or enhanced. Even at ground level, the architectural language and muted material palette express a restraint that works in synthesis with the existing fabric and essential characteristics of the Old Town.

Despite the compact nature of the site, each flat has been considered in terms of maximising floor area and practicality. Kitchens have been architect designed, featuring Corian worktops, refined joinery and are compete with Bosch and Blanco appliances and fixtures. Shower rooms were designed to exceed current domestic design standards and feature walk-in shower areas, Grohe and Laufen fixtures plus an inbuilt utility, keeping the noise from any washer-dryer tucked away from living areas. BoConcept Scotland developed an optimum furniture layout and resulted in the location of an &Tradition feature light over the dining space. Furniture package solutions were offered to buyers while discreet built-in wardrobes were provided in all units. Floors were covered throughout with premium Karndean vinyl flooring complimented by off-white décor scheme to maximise daylight in each space.

The project was completed in July 2019

For more information on the wider masterplan and links to associated projects please see King’s Stables Road

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