10 Edinburgh buildings that have been lost to student flats

The number of student housing developments in Edinburgh has rocketed in recent years, transforming the look of the city in the process.

Tuesday, 6th August 2019, 11:56 am
Student flats at St Leonards

While some student housing projects breathe new life into existing spaces, a high proportion of developments are purpose-built and require the demolition of buildings. We take a look at 10 such examples, some of which have been approved but are not yet built.

Countless romances were forged at the Palais de Danse in Fountainbridge during its mid-20th century heyday. The building was lost to student housing in 2016.
The corner of Buccleuch Street and Meadows Lane was transformed forever following the completion of a 380-room student residence in 2018.
The unloved concrete mass that was Shrubhill House was demolished in 2014 to make way for a new student housing development plus retail units at street level.

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If you've been reading the news of late you'll know the Sick Kids' hospital in Sciennes is moving next to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary at Little France. The red sandstone building will be retained with new student flats built on part of the site.
The building housing Silk nightclub vanished last year to make way for a new student housing development at King's Stables Road.
The historic Deaconess House in Edinburgh's Pleasance district was transformed into a student residence in 2014.
While there is a campaign to halt the plans to demolish the existing buildings and construct student housing at Stead's Place on Leith Walk, the development looks likely to proceed.
This 2003 photograph shows the old brewery lands of Fountainbridge. The industry has since moved out, with student flats now occupying much of the space.
The huge Homebase DIY store at St Leonards was replaced by the Salisbury Court student flats.
Student housing filled a gapsite at Haddington Place, Leith Walk. The Georgian-built Botanics cottage pictured was carefully moved stone by stone to the Royal Botanic Garden in 2016.