urban eden


Urban Eden is a residential development of 84 units (phase 1) consisting of a wide range of typologies at the Lochend Butterfly Site, the final parcel of the masterplan regeneration of this part of the city. Within the neighbourhood a series of streets, lanes and courtyards reflect the domestic scale of Edinburgh’s colonies and provide a safe and secure, but dynamic and sociable environment for family homes. It creates a traditional family neighbourhood manifested in a contemporary manner. Uniquely for such a city centre location, all properties benefit from individual private outdoor amenity space with balconies, terraces or gardens.

The brief was developed after the initial charette and the ambition to create new colony style housing within an urban area of Edinburgh. At every opportunity the client has stressed the importance of the living environment from inside to out and the importance of the relationship between private / semi-private / public space. The result is a development with a public realm to compete with the success of the traditional colony housing with use of modern materials and method of construction.

Phase 1 was completed in 2016 and phase 2 is currently under construction.


client :

Places for people

location :


status :

Phase 1 - complete phase 2 - under construction

timeline :

2012 - present

awards :

Large housing development of the year - Scottish Home awards 2017