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March 21 2014

Fountainbridge office scheme submitted
Michael Laird Architects have submitted a revised planning application for a 4,000sq/m office development at Fountainbridge, Edinburgh on behalf of Scottish Widows.

The scheme will entail partial demolition of the existing Lothian House to allow construction of a mixed-use extension; including retail and basement parking.

This will see a 1955 extension to the art-deco landmark at 54a Fountainbridge, built by Woolworths, demolished to make way for a new-build element.

Defending this demolition in their heritage report Michael Laird, said: “… the original three bays of Lothian House to Fountainbridge are of a lower architectural quality than the principal elevation and hence do not conform to the formal presence of the principal elevation…”
A sedum roof will be incorporated
A sedum roof will be incorporated
The new block will rise on the corner of Fountainbridge and Semple Sytreet
The new block will rise on the corner of Fountainbridge and Semple Sytreet

4 Comments

Egbert
#1 Posted by Egbert on 21 Mar 2014 at 14:25 PM
I like this - the pared-back lines and gridded composition work well, particularly alongside the rather heavy deco-classical of Lothian House. It's also a damn sight better than the confused mess opposite by Cre8, and a significant improvement on Lairds' overscaled and fussy Reiach photocopy job up the road on West Port. Good stuff. Also - a timely reminder that not every new development in Edinburgh has to be awkwardly cloaked in sandstone.
Egbert
#2 Posted by Egbert on 21 Mar 2014 at 14:26 PM
Somehow suspect that the landlord won't be inviting Farmfoods back to fill their glamorous new retail offer...
Mike
#3 Posted by Mike on 22 Mar 2014 at 10:56 AM
I live above that super drug and am delighted about this! My property will be more attractive too.
alibi
#4 Posted by alibi on 23 Mar 2014 at 17:13 PM
No.

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