7N Architects were approached by Hart Builders in 2009 to develop and deliver the first phase of a mixed use masterplan for Westfield, in the west of Edinburgh. This followed previous work for Duddingston House Properties and Dunedin Canmore Housing Association by members of the team.
The project brings a holistic approach to the critical need for affordable, sustainable housing and small business space in central Edinburgh which will transform a vacant brownfield site by the Water of Leith into a vibrant, mixed use, mixed tenure, neighbourhood.The buildings and public spaces fan out towards the Water of Leith, opening up views to the green swathe of the river from deep within the site and opening up new pedestrian and cycle connections to the river.
The site’s excellent public transport provision allows a reduced reliance upon the car and the development’s carbon footprint is further reduced by the combined heat and power which will be provided from a central energy centre.
The first phase was completed in 2012 and received the Saltire Society Housing Design Award for Best Large Scale Housing Development.