New plans for ‘modern’ Edinburgh nursery destroyed by devastating fire revealed

Plans to rebuild an Edinburgh nursery into a modern villa-style layout have been unveiled after the building suffered a devastating fire early last year.

Lanark Road Children’s Nursery in Colinton suffered a huge fire in May 2021 and demolition to rebuild the structure was seen as the only option available to the developers.

Ninety One Architects have prepared plans to rebuild the nursery into a modern villa in the area largely dominated by large Victorian estates, with the plans following the original layout of the building, with spaces to be built to current standards of care.

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The tiered nature of the site means that both floors will have their own separate entrances with an emphasis on free movement inside and out with covered outdoor terraces leading to secure playgrounds and gardens .

On the morning of Wednesday May 5, a fire broke out in the premises causing significant damage to the family business. Fortunately, no one was injured in the fire.

The family created a Go Fund Me page for locals to help out and contribute, garnering huge support from their community.

Now the nursery can be reborn with extra care given to the proposed plans and the appearance of the building.

The proposed structure of the new building has been worked out.

In a statement, the architects wrote: “The existing nursery has operated successfully for many years, however, the devastation of the fire and the need to demolish the existing building have resolved the issues with the nursery which occupied originally an old dwelling, not originally designed for day care.

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“Externally, the design principles focused on familiarity; it was important that the new building had the same ‘welcoming’ feeling as the original nursery. So similar shapes and massing were created to anchor the building in the site, and careful selection and materials familiar to the residential scale were assembled to generate a soft and stable appearance.”

The nursery will be constructed from multi-toned clay bricks with an aged look to help blend in with the established environment.

Dora W. Clawson