Scotland’s Most Innovative Property Developer for over 35 Years
This development saw the transformation of an odd shaped disused industrial site into a highly successful mixed-use development, set within a scheme of existing 19th century ‘colony’ terraces. Consisting of 21 apartments and 13 duplexes spread over three buildings, the development also integrated a separate block of student accommodation.
The three residential buildings were designed to echo the pitched roof terrace aesthetic of the ‘colony’ houses either side of the development. The ground and first floors formed the duplexes, with apartments and affordable homes on the second floor and penthouse apartments on the top floor. The blocks were separated by landscaped gardens, both private and communal and the duplexes benefitted from their own private driveway. In addition, as well as new on-street parking, residents of the apartments had access to the secure underground car park.
The beautifully detailed, traditional brick and slate exterior finishes hide the advanced reinforced concrete frame beneath. The interiors are spacious and modern, and the heavily insulated walls and smart heating allow superb energy efficient climate control. The argon-filled double glazing units offer extra protection and the powder coated aluminium frames will ensure years of maintenance-free service.
The interior detailing at The Crescents is of a very high specification, The custom-made kitchens are designed to satisfy the most demanding cooks and offer a full range of built-in appliances. The bathrooms, shower rooms and en-suites are the perfect relaxation rooms, with top quality sanitary ware and walk-in showers. As well as targeting low maintenance, we also focussed on keeping energy costs down. In addition to the excellent insulation and double glazing, solar panels help to feed the hot water system, which in turn supports the energy efficient underfloor heating.
The front and rear external walls are constructed in cavity wall construction with a facing brick façade and reconstituted stonework at Ground Floor level on some elevations. The inner leaf is formed from a structural steel framing system, with a lining board and thermal insulation. Parts of the roof level storey are stepped back from the main façade to create roof terraces. Internally, the external walls are lined with composite thermally insulated plasterboard finished with emulsion paint.
The pitched roof has a structural steel frame with timber rafters, lined with sarking board, breather membrane and natural slates. Traditional zinc and lead flashings are used at roof ridge and verges. Thermal insulation is installed between the timber rafters and so ts are lined with plasterboard. Dormers and flat roof areas are lined externally with single ply PVC waterproof membrane laid to falls on rigid thermal insulation boards. Gutters and downpipes are in colour coated aluminium. Roof terraces and balconies are waterproofed with mastic asphalt and finished with treated anti-slip timber decking.
The ground floor over the basement car park and the upper floors are formed with post- tensioned in-situ concrete slabs on precast concrete columns. The floor to floor height is 2850mm and the nominal floor to ceiling height is 2400mm. Ground Floor slabs above the car park are overlaid with thermal insulation for at least a statutory maximum 0.25 W/m2K U-value. Structural floors are overlaid with a timber batten floating floor system with 22mm tongue and grooved glued chipboard flooring. The so ts of the upper floors are lined with a plasterboard ceiling, finished with emulsion. Staircases within common areas comprise precast concrete flights and landings.
Windows are high-performance composite construction with powder coated finish to aluminium external face and factory painted to inside timber face. They have Argon filled double glazed panels, with safety glass where required. Opening windows have tilt/turn action with locking handles and trickle vents. Sliding doors provide access to balconies and terraces. All internal and external window surfaces can be cleaned from the inside.
Building entrance doors are fully glazed with laminated glass. Duplex entrance doors are heavy duty solid core with a stained timber finish. Apartment and internal doors are solid core MDF with decorative groove, eggshell paint finish and polished steel finish ironmongery. The underground car park has a motorised door operated by remote control.
Duplexes have private landscaped gardens front and rear, and a paved private parking space to the front. Communal gardens sit between and beside the residential blocks.
Bathrooms are furnished with a range of top quality sanitary ware with chrome mixer taps, pop-up wastes and concealed cisterns. Shower rooms have large attractive walk in showers, fixed glass screens and thermostatic mixer valves. Bath and shower wall areas are lined with large format ceramic wall tiles. Washbasins and WCs are wall mounted on a bespoke bulkhead faced with high gloss composite panels.
Kitchens are individually designed with custom made fittings and an extensive range of high quality integrated appliances including an electric induction hob, cooker hood, oven, dishwasher, fridge freezer, washing machine/ dryer, sink with single lever mixer tap. Fittings are finished with composite panels in a mixture of timber grain and plain colours. Worktops and spashbacks are composite quartz stone with LED lighting to the underside of the wall cupboards.
All bedrooms have built in wardrobes with double opening doors, fitted out with a combination of hanging rail, drawer unit and open shelves where appropriate.
The floors are finished with a combination of oak engineered timber boarding, sheet vinyl in bathrooms and carpet in bedrooms. Entrance hallways and communal areas have porcellain floor tiles with matwell and coir matting at street entrances. Stairs and upper hallways are carpeted.
Each apartment has a central heating system with low pressure hot water pipes and wall mounted panel radiators with thermostatic valves, served by a wall mounted gas-fired condensing combination boiler. The boiler is fitted with a digital seven-day, two-channel programmer. A heated towel rail is provided in each bath/shower room.
Apartments are connected to an Integrated Reception System, which delivers Satellite and Digital Terrestrial TV, and DAB Digital and FM radio. Quad outlets are provided in the lounge and the master bedroom.
Apartments have recessed ceiling downlights with LED lamps. Bedrooms have 3-way switching, with switches at the door and beside each bed. Wall mounted kitchen units have LED light fittings below. Terraces and balconies feature external wall or so t mounted lights.
All ground floor duplexes are fitted with an intruder alarm system with PIR movement sensors, front entrance door contacts and a touch keypad in the entrance hallway.
Apartments on the first floor and above have audio entry phone, with the call point at the principal ground floor entrance and the entry control handset in the apartment hallway.
Safe and secure underground car parking is accessed via the car park pavilion staircase. Access to the car park for vehicles and pedestrians is reserved for residents only and controlled via programmable key-cards. Each apartment has an allocated space, and the area also includes provision for cycle parking. Town houses have private off-street parking. Parking for visitors is at street level with public spaces controlled by the City Council.
With a high level of thermal insulation, the predicted energy performance assessment indicates that an EPC Band B (83) rating will be achieved, which provides a good level of energy effciency with relatively low running costs and low levels of CO2.
Shandon Garden is a fabulous city centre location, with excellent local amenities and easy access to the many of Edinburgh’s attractions. You don’t have to walk far to enjoy the benefits of living in Scotland’s capital. There are numerous shops and major supermarkets nearby and the stylish cafés and boutiques of Morningside and Bruntsfield are a 25 minute walk away.
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