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September 18 2012

EICC expansion takes shape
An £85m BDP penned extension to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre is taking shape on Morrison Street, the final phase of a masterplan for the Exchange district.

The scheme is being implemented to boost capacity at the venue, which is currently unable to stage larger sporting events and concerts, and will entail construction of a new extension to boost capacity to up to 2,000 people alongside construction of nearly 200,000sq/ft of office space - Atria Edinburgh.

Above ground structures are just the tip of a subterranean iceberg which incorporates an expanded main hall complete with its own dynamic system of mechanical seating and catwalks.

This will be employed to allow the space to be reconfigured between banquets, exhibition or arena formats as required.

Completion is timetabled for next year.
A seven storey office block will house a full height atrium and 15m cantilever over Conference Square
A seven storey office block will house a full height atrium and 15m cantilever over Conference Square
An entrance pavilion and cafe will link new with existing elements
An entrance pavilion and cafe will link new with existing elements

6 Comments

Cadmonkey
#1 Posted by Cadmonkey on 18 Sep 2012 at 23:08 PM
What do the vertical projecting green panels do?Surely not just decoration? Anyone know their purpose. They seem to block views down the street.
E=mc2
#2 Posted by E=mc2 on 18 Sep 2012 at 23:17 PM
Only if you are 27 feet tall and walk too close to the building...
ooctopus
#3 Posted by ooctopus on 19 Sep 2012 at 09:09 AM
it's solar shading innit

http://www.coltinfo.co.uk/products/architectural-glass-louvres-shadoglass/
Rem Koolbag
#4 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 19 Sep 2012 at 09:44 AM
They project. In a vertical fashion, greenly. What more do you need?

I think they may be used to shade the office spaces from direct horizontal light. That is generally what vertical louvres like this are used for, however depending on the orientation of the building I may be talking bollocks as they are running down both elevations there....
lola the snora
#5 Posted by lola the snora on 19 Sep 2012 at 12:06 PM
Last time i checked vertical louvres worked well on east and west glazed facades (true story). Horizontal louvres on south facades. I'd have to guess they are decoration because the larger part of the extension shades the east face of the small extension and the other facade is south facing.......
cadmonkey
#6 Posted by cadmonkey on 20 Sep 2012 at 14:04 PM
Can I just point out that the street elevation is facing directly south, so (even if it is intended to be so) this isn't solar screening. So I conclude the vertical slats must just be intended to be simply decoration for what would otherwise be just a very, eh, very plain looking building. Very disappointing for the city centre. It will probably win an award.

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