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New Brunstane

LocationBrunstane, Edinburgh


StatusPPiP Consented

New Brunstane is a proposed residential community with a comprehensive green infrastructure masterplan. We have worked closely with AREA Urban Design to embed the proposed new homes and community buildings within a multi-functional landscape. A key part of this is the concept of an ‘Edible Landscape’, which will exist in the form of allotments, which are traditional and formalised growing spaces, as well as in community gardens (which are more co-operative in the way they work), community orchards, fruiting hedges and in the use of edible species within naturalistic, ornamental and play area plantings. The aim is to help people encounter natural food as part of their home landscape; inviting them to participate in growing of fruit and vegetables, or simply in the pleasure of foraging for currants and berries amongst the greenspaces.

Our green infrastructure masterplan integrates play (both formal and informal, natural play opportunities), sport, social spaces, biodiverse habitats and a comprehensive SUDS rainwater network. Active travel routes wind through the landscape, connecting to the adjacent National Cycle Route and to local Safe Routes to School. The layout offers great pedestrian permeability and natural surveillance. This green network is strongly influenced by historic sightlines from Newhailes House and the Shell Grotto to Arthur's Seat, and from Brunstane House to the sea; ha-ha features used around Newhailes are brought into the key green spaces of New Brunstane.

New Brunstane has been awarded Candidate Excellent status in the Building with Nature Standard, a new green infrastructure assessment supported by the Central Scotland Green Network and Glasgow & Clyde Valley Greenspace Trust.

The Green Infrastructure Masterplan will form an environmental web containing the new homes.

This project was a Scottish pioneer, receiving a Building with Nature Design Award.

The active and playful landscape includes play, sport and running loops of various lengths

A parkland setting for Brunstane House contains 2 schedules monuments and provides extensive informal recreation space

Rainwater features form attractive parts of the green spaces and streets

Parkland alongside the Brunstane Burn integrates SUDS basins and ponds

  • This development is set to be a national exemplar in landscape quality for the benefit of people and wildlife, now and long into the future. It is sometimes hard to imagine how development could be different.....And yet, it is in this context, that a partnership between EDI Group, AREA masterplanners and Ian White Associates Landscape Architects, have been able to envision a new development that draws inspiration from the existing landscape character and treasured features as assets to build a scheme around, and point a community towards, rather than ensuring by design or negligence that valuable landscape and natural features are regarded as constraints, limiting the capacity of the development to be sustainable or deliverable.

The vision for New Brunstane is bold and refreshing, and the claim that it will be a new ‘community in the heart of a parkland setting’ is borne out by the designs for the Landscape Character Areas set out in the Landscape Masterplan and Design Code; all of which commit to delivering multiple-functions in relation to individuals and communities, drainage and nature conservation.>*