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Alumno Group Propose 191-Bed Scheme in Edinburgh

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Student accommodation specialists, Alumno Group, have proposed a 191-bed purpose-built student accommodation scheme in Edinburgh.

The development from Alumno aims to meet rising student demand in the city in recent years.

The proposed scheme is located at Jock's Lodge in Edinburgh on the corner of London Road and Restalrig Road South. The building is set to span seven storeys, which includes ground-floor commercial space.

The plans feature 55 cluster bedrooms with shared kitchens over 11 flats and 136 studio rooms, including 10 that are accessible. They also feature a range of amenity spaces in the form of common and study rooms, an external courtyard and rooftop winter gardens with views across the city.

An estimated £900,000 of local economic spending is anticipated from the prospective students.

Following the public engagement responses during the pre-application phase, a series of design changes have been implemented.

Part of the changes includes the height of construction, which has been reduced from 8 to 7 storeys. The area for commercial use has also increased.

David Campbell, the founder of the Alumno Group, commented: "This exciting mixed-use scheme will serve to ease the acute housing pressures by providing greater options whilst, addressing the increasing and well-documented, student housing demand by providing modern, high quality and well-managed accommodation.

"We have listened to the responses of the local community through our thorough consultation process and have reduced the height of the building to accommodate this feedback.

"Employment and investment will be generated both during construction and once complete, increasing footfall to local shops and also serving to provide a new sustainable food/drink outlet for the community, including outdoor space. We are committed to being a good neighbour and believe our plans will make the best and most positive impact on what is a highly constrained and challenging urban site."