This site in the Currie Conservation Area of Edinburgh had been in use as a residential care home for many years, and was originally two detached cottages. Over several decades, the two dwellings had suffered from insensitive alterations and extensions, and had lost many original features. The introduction of alien materials such as brick, render and uPVC further detracted from the original architecture. When our client purchased the site it was already in poor condition, and we argued the site did not present a positive contribution to the wider conservation area.
Our report discussed the historical background of the site and the wider conservation area, and accepted that the proposed redevelopment of the site could be the best option for the site. In doing so, we made a number of recommendations on what form such a redevelopment of the site might take, including suggestions on appropriate materials, scale, and reference to the residual historical significance of the site.
The report is a good example of a concise, but informative report, and demonstrates what our team can provide within very tight deadlines. We carried out the background research, site visit and draft report production within a week.