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SoCo prepare revised Cowgate masterplan

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September 14 2011

SoCo prepare revised Cowgate masterplan
A fire ravaged site in Edinburgh’s Cowgate which has lain derelict for nine years could finally be given a fresh lease of life with news that the developer behind 2009 redevelopment proposals is dusting them off for a second try.

This time Allan Murray Architects have been ditched in favour of ICA Architects who have entirely redesigned the high profile scheme.

Revisiting the 2009 consent SoCo (Edinburgh) Ltd have submitted plans for a proposed mixed use development comprising a 259 bedroom Ibis hotel, restaurant and bar, alongside commercial units on South Bridge and Cowgate and the reinstatement of a basement nightclub.

Turley Associates, who are acting as planning consultants on the project, said in a statement: “The design of the elevation to South Bridge is intended to be contextual rather than provide a new landmark and to reflect the regular rhythm of buildings on South Bridge, with the proposed South Bridge gable (4th Gable) remaining the dominant feature when viewed from the north along South Bridge, and also from the west along Cowgate and from George IV Bridge. “
 
SoCo claim that the development is fully funded.
This nightclub annexe will be levelled under the plans
This nightclub annexe will be levelled under the plans
Windows will be replaced and this gable will be stripped back to allow new build with a flush facade
Windows will be replaced and this gable will be stripped back to allow new build with a flush facade

4 Comments

Barry
#1 Posted by Barry on 14 Sep 2011 at 17:16 PM
What's the deal with architects these days?

Do they suffer from an illness called 'random window placement syndrome'?

Every new building has these asymmetric window placements all over the façade. It's boring and ugly.

Urban realm says: "The design of the elevation to South Bridge is intended to be contextual rather than provide a new landmark and to reflect the regular rhythm of buildings on South Bridge".

Yep, it reflects all the pseudo-contemporary random clad madness which em, doesn't exists nearby.



Jimbo
#2 Posted by Jimbo on 15 Sep 2011 at 14:58 PM
Barry, it was Turley Associates that said that... Abuse where abuse is due!!
Barry
#3 Posted by Barry on 15 Sep 2011 at 17:40 PM
@Jimbo

Yes Jimbo, I'm aware. I missed out a phrase. I meant to say "Urban realm quotes.....as saying". Aw well, the lack of the edit button......lol.
Alan
#4 Posted by Alan on 15 Sep 2011 at 22:53 PM
A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his client to plant vines

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