Gateway Theatre, Edinburgh

Award Winning regeneration of a dilapidated site within a conservation area

Gateway Theatre, Edinburgh: Case Study Summary

Client Location Sector Main Contractor
Prime Student Housing (Edinburgh) Ltd Edinburgh Student Accommodation Watkin Jones

RICS Award Winner 2014 – Best Residential Development in Scotland

The site of the former Gateway Theatre in Leith Edinburgh had become a derelict and disused eyesore of no community value, yet was located in the heart of the conservation area of Leith, one of Edinburgh’s most attractive environments. Understanding a vision and the need for student accommodation in Edinburgh Sigmat were engaged by Watkin Jones for the design and delivery of a total of 170 bedrooms comprising single bed studios and two & three bedroom cluster flats.

The rooms are split over 3 blocks; Block A (7 floors) a steel frame, built against the gables of the existing tenement buildings, founded on ground beams/pile caps and supported by steel encased piles. Blocks B & C (up to 4 floors) are loadbearing lightweight steel framed system built directly off the concrete ground beams and pile caps supported by CFA piled foundations.

Gateway apartments were recognised by the prestigious RICS awards in Scotland as the Best Residential Development In Scotland in 2014.

The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment. They are open to everyone working in the property profession and celebrate the talents of surveyors, property developers, engineers, planners and architects, to name just a few.








RICS award

This year RICS Scotland’s Awards have attracted over 50 outstanding and exemplar entries, despite the ongoing uncertainty of the economic climate. These projects demonstrate the quality of projects and talent of property professionals in Scotland as we continue to produce impressive built schemes. The RICS awards exemplify how property professionals with inspirational schemes, large and small, can transform our lives, our communities and our environment.

Sarah Speirs, Director RICS Scotland
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