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Charlotte Square refurbishment work commences

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September 25 2012

Charlotte Square refurbishment work commences
Corran Properties have begun refurbishment work to upgrade National Trust for Scotland’s former HQ at Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, to form new office accommodation.

Designed by Morgan McDonnell Architecture Ltd it will entail construction of a new build extension along Hope Lane as well as a fully glazed courtyard garden and underground car park.

Intended to challenge the perceived wisdom that Charlotte Square has had its day as an office address the scheme will provide category ‘A’ rated floorspace, whilst restoring an important period building within the New Town World Heritage Site.

This will entail separation of three townhouses to form individual tenantable properties alongside a subsidiary block on Hope Street Lane providing additional space.  Utilitarian in character the new build block will be finished in natural sandstone with treated timber elements.

All properties will be interlinked via a horizontal courtyard garden laid on top of existing car parking..

The scheme was criticised in planning by the Cockburn Association which claimed the proposed scheme was ‘unexceptional and bland’ and complements efforts to upgrade surrounding public realm.
The garden space is intended to be sympathetic to the adjacent Charlotte Square plans
The garden space is intended to be sympathetic to the adjacent Charlotte Square plans
The new build element replaces a series of redundant warehouses
The new build element replaces a series of redundant warehouses

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