Located within the World Heritage Site of Edinburgh’s New Town, this project involved the redevelopment of two buildings – one Grade A and one Grade B Listed – on the south side of St. Andrew Square.
The scheme involved close liaison with Edinburgh City Council and Historic Scotland to agree the conversion and reuse of the buildings and selective demolition of a number of others.
The project was a major element of the regeneration of the east end of St. Andrew Square and provides 100,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation and 70,000 sq ft of prestige retail space, luxury apartments and basement parking within the heart of the city.
The entire site’s phased development over many years meant that internal areas were unsuitable for modern commercial clients but a historical ‘A’ Listed facade had to be retained and the ‘B’ Listed building (Number 6-7, St. Andrew Square) also needed conserving. Both of these were saved and the rest of the site demolished.
Two L-shaped buildings with double height retail units were built and these wrapped around the restored Number 6-7. Flexible office accommodation is on the upper floors and a central glass roofed atrium gives a break-out space and forms a focus for navigating around the building.
This highly complex project in a sensitive and hugely historic area of Scotland’s capital was completed in 104 weeks.