Co-Living Roundtable

Many thanks to all who attended our roundtable event on ‘Co-Living’ last night.

It was a great discussion exploring definition, density, levels of amenity and how shared residential models can contribute to a range of housing in the city. We’re looking forward to continuing the conversation!



Our winter newsletter is out! Check out our latest update for a window into some of the exciting things that have been keeping us busy and inspired. This edition: major milestones for New Eidyn, Haymarket Yards, West Town, and Edinburgh Green, as well as an award for HubStation See the link in our profile.
7N secure planning for Edinburgh Green Campus. We are pleased to share that @edinburgh_council Councillors have approved our Edinburgh Green proposals for Shelborn, a net zero carbon (in operation) workplace campus to be built at Edinburgh Park that will be a major step towards helping the city meet its shortage of Grade-A ESG office space. This development will be built to BREEAM Excellent and WELL Gold standards and will deliver over 800,000 sq.ft. of high-quality office space, new cafe space, Scotland’s largest EV charging hub, sports facilities and almost eight acres of new publicly accessible parkland. Work on site is anticipated to start later in 2024. This has been a wonderful project to work on and this milestone could not have been achieved without the close collaboration of the fantastic client and project team: @shelborn_am @optimisedenvironmentsltd @rydennews @cbre_uk @atelier_ten @swecouk @edmondshipwayllp @cavendishconsulting Woolgar Hunter MontaguEvans Visualisation by @daakostudio
Goal Setting for the New Year! 7N Architects we were really happy to have hosted our first @womeninproperty event last week! Nicola Barclay led a discussion on ‘Goal Setting for the New Year’, with some helpful tips and tricks on how to set and achieve your goals in 2024 with a manageable and positive approach. It was a great conversation and a privilege to be able to host in our office. We look forward to putting on more events in the future. Thanks to @thecafemilk for the delicious food and our very own @tokinikent for bringing everyone together.
Haymarket Yards Urban Campus 7N are delighted to share that a planning application for a 67,000 sq.ft mixed-use office building has been submitted for the eastern plot of the Haymarket Yards development on behalf of our client, Elgin Haymarket Ltd. The BREEAM Outstanding building will complement the previously consented adjacent office building to form an urban workplace campus that is focused on the wellbeing of the occupants. @cbre_uk @savills @edmondshipwayllp @atelier_ten @optimisedenvironmentsltd Woolgar Hunter Scott Hobbs Planning Visualisation by @daakostudio
7N Architects’ masterplan for a 20 Minute Neighbourhood including 7,000 mixed tenure homes on the western edge of the City of Edinburgh has been submitted for Planning Permission in Principle on behalf of West Town Edinburgh Limited, a development consortium led by Drum Property Group. The masterplan for West Town embodies the principles of a 20 Minute Neighbourhood, providing a mix of uses within the neighbourhood including shops, workspace, schools, amenities, health services and community infrastructure to sustain most of the daily needs of the new community within a reasonable walking or cycling distance, with sustainable public transport links to the city and beyond. The design of the network of streets and spaces prioritises space for active travel and a strategic approach to centralised, shared vehicle parking in mobility hubs will support a range of sustainable transport options, including car clubs, cycle hire and centralised parcel delivery. The design of the high quality public realm, developed with @optimisedenvironmentsltd , is based on a people first approach to street design and an integrated approach to soft landscape which will create pleasant streets that facilitate walking and the spontaneous play and social interaction that comes with having a walkable neighbourhood. @wspuk @wallace.whittle @avison_young_uk
12 Days of 7N... day 12! 2023 marked our highest ever finish in the Urban Realm Top 100 ranking of architecture practices! We are very proud of all of our work that helped us reach this point, both the projects that we have shared over this month, and also the ones that we haven’t managed to fit in this series. Thank you for following along with us, we hope that you enjoyed it and we look forward to sharing more in 2024!
12 Days of 7N... day 11! 525 Ferry Road is an exceptional project for its aspiration to bring significant ecological benefits to an urban brownfield site. Located at a strategic public transport node in north Edinburgh, the proposals will remove the existing vacant office building and data centre so that the land can be refocused on providing much needed housing and public space in this developing part of the city. The project currently targets a net biodiversity improvement of 210%, largely through the planting of 111 new trees across the 3.4 acre site, something that we are especially proud of. Visualisations by @daakostudio @artisan_real_estate @jll REInvest Asset Management Axiom Project Services Quattro Consult Ltd MRG New Acoustics Direct Ecology Transport Planning Ltd. OFR Streets UK
12 Days of 7N... day 10! In November, we submitted our Edinburgh Green project for planning permission—an innovative reconfiguration of the office park typology as an environment that will enhance the health and well-being of both, those who work there, as well as the nearby community. 8.7 acres of richly landscaped parkland will be the focal centre of the campus, with a plethora of public amenities and multi-use spaces interspersed in amongst the 86,000+ GIA sqm of new sustainable office space. We look forward to this project starting on site in 2024! @shelborn_am @swecouk @optimisedenvironmentsltd @atelier_ten @edmondshipwayllp @cavendishconsulting Montagu Evans Woolgar Hunter
We are immensely grateful for the wonderful hospitality from the teams at @dulseseafood and @goodbrotherswinecellars, who hosted us for our end-of-year celebrations last Thursday. As we have shared with you throughout December, we are very proud of all that has been accomplished by the studio in 2023 and this was a great opportunity to toast the all of these achievements!
12 Days of 7N... day 9! One of the projects that we are most excited to see progress in 2024 is our scheme at 20 Haymarket Yards. This project demonstrates how we bring our placemaking expertise into the office sector to create healthy and inspiring workplaces that reflect the increased importance of the social and wellbeing dimensions of ESG for many occupiers and developers. Due to start on site in 2024, the project will create over 200,000 NIA sqft of BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ workspace in an exemplary environment. @edmondshipwayllp @atelier_ten @swecouk @optimisedenvironmentsltd @cbre @savills @orbit_agency Scott Hobbs Planning Woolgar Hunter
12 Days of 7N... day 8! In October, 7N attended the annual UK Passivhaus Conference held this year in Edinburgh. The range of insightful presentations highlighted how a Passivhaus equivalent standard could realise benefits that extend beyond simply reducing energy use, to improving living standards through improved air quality, healthier homes, and substantially lower living costs. We look forward to hearing more from Scottish Government in 2024 on how this ambitious initiative will be delivered. For more information on the Scottish Passivhaus Equivalent, please see our blog piece in the News section on our website. Figures from ‘UK Passivhaus and the energy performance gap’, June 2020, University of Bath.
12 Days of 7N... day 7! Cycling has always been important to 7N and our staff, an ethos that underpins our commitment to sustainability and creating healthy urban environments. We always strive to incorporate cycling infraststructure as major features of our projects, embracing their ability to create more cohesive and vibrant landscapes. This year, we have included over 1,700 cycle parking spaces in our planning submission and we are proud of every single one!
12 Days of 7N... day 6! Jordanhill is one of our longest running projects in construction as we convert the extensive campus of the former Jordanhill College into 400 new homes for our client, @calahomes. This year, we were able to deliver apartments within the historic David Stow building, a Category B listed structure that is rich with historic charm and character. To make this even more special, we were delighted that the project was recognised as ‘Renovation of the Year’ in the @scottishhomeawards - a wonderful reward for many years of work!
12 Days of 7N... day 5! This year we have been working very hard to keep up with our internal learning programme with an average of almost one event each week! Topics have covered a wide range of subjects and one thing that we are particularly proud of, is the establishment of our Women in Architecture working group. Tokini and Rachel have helped 7N to make strong connections with groups such as @womeninproperty, as well as inviting wonderful speakers Lisa Finlay, Anna Mansfield, and our own Collette Anderson to share their unique takes on the challenges and successes of their respective careers. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!
12 Days of 7N... day 4! In April we celebrated Niamh O’Reilly being promoted to be the studio’s fourth Projects Leader! Niamh has been an integral part of the practice since 2018, working on major projects such as HubStation, New Eidyn, and Fountainbridge during her time with us. She is currently leading our Edinburgh Green project, an innovative design for a sustainable workplace campus at a challenging site in west Edinburgh.
12 Days of 7N... day 3! There were three babies born to team members this year - welcome Tobias, Maeve, and Arran!
12 Days of 7N... day 2! In June, Laura and Chris trained as mental health first aiders to complement our eight trained physical first aiders. As Foundation Partners of the Architects’ Benevolent Society, we are strong advocates for mental health support within the workplace and looking out for each other as best we can. This photograph is from our bake sale in May to raise funding for @archbensoc ‘Bake the World a Better Place’. We strongly encourge anyone who feels able, to contribute to their good work.
Welcome to ‘The 12 Days of 7N’! It is the end of the year and so this month we will be celebrating all that we have achieved in 2023. Kicking-off with our sporting superstars, team 007N won the women’s trophy at the 2023 Buccleuch Property Challenge in September! It was a wonderfully sunny day at Drumlanrig Castle, full of fun challenges and money raised for charity. Thank you @buccleuchpropertychallenge and @blueskyexperiences for organising and we look forward to defending the trophy in 2024!
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