The original colonies have a unique character and identity and the challenge was to replicate this within the design of the new colony style houses. There is a sense of community which comes from sharing footpaths, gates and external stairs. The stairs also provide a social aspect as a place to sit in warmer weather and where you can interact with your neighbours as they relax in their private garden space. To achieve all this within an inner city site has proved to be very popular.
The project has provided a high quality housing development on a previously forgotten site within the centre of the City. It also provided an opportunity to resurrect the much loved colony housing which is synonymous with Edinburgh but with a more contemporary approach.
It has been a real success story with all 36 colony units sold. The colony model is hopefully one that can be replicated in other appropriate sites within the city.