Bonnington Mill, Edinburgh
Cruden Homes (East) Ltd
Rockpanel Mineral Fibre Cladding
Bonnington Mill is an award-winning residential development in Edinburgh, Scotland. Designed by Gilberts Architects and developed by Cruden Homes (East) Ltd for client Queensberry Properties, this development provides the area with a total of 49 one, two and three-bedroom flats arranged over multiple four and five storey buildings. The scheme is set in a beautiful location along the banks of the Water of Leith and adjacent to Newhaven Road.
During the planning process, main contractors Cruden Homes (East) Ltd established that they would give back to the local area by supporting community initiatives, including a monetary contribution to improve educational facilities and provide training opportunities and jobs to local people.
Taylor Maxwell worked closely with main contractors Cruden Homes (East) Ltd to supply buff facing bricks and dark grey mineral fibre cladding to this project.
Concept to Completion
The planning application for the development was submitted in March 2017, following an extensive pre-application consultation process where local residents, businesses and Leith Central Community School were contacted. Planning permission was received in February 2019.
The site, previously used as a paper mill, is located in Bonnington, a formerly industrial area which has gradually been transformed to residential use during the past ten years. One of the clients’ priorities was to retain the original industrial heritage of the site. The architects and main contractors achieved this by using traditional and contemporary materials, including mineral fibre cladding and facing brick. Mineral fibre cladding was selected as it is an easy to work with and easy to maintain sustainable product that provides a striking contrast to the texture of the facing bricks. In this particular project, the colour of the materials was carefully considered to produce three buildings that blend smoothly into the landscape, whilst achieving the industrial heritage aesthetic desired.
Completed in 2021, the scheme comprised the demolition of all existing commercial buildings and the erection of 36 residential flats for private sale and 13 affordable apartments. The development provides its residents with a landscaped courtyard in the centre of the site and private balconies and terraces overlooking the river that help integrate the new buildings into the peaceful waterfront setting. The new development positively contributes to the regeneration of the area by creating a flourishing new community for future residents, whilst preserving the industrial heritage of the site.
Since its completion, the development has been recognised for its success as an Apartment Development of the Year award winner by the Scottish Home Awards 2021.
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