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Contractor appointed for speculative Edinburgh Exchange offices

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June 21 2016

Contractor appointed for speculative Edinburgh Exchange offices
McLaughlin & Harvey have been appointed to deliver a 64,000sq/ft speculative office build in Edinburgh’s Exchange district to designs by Michael Laird Architects.

Construction at 2 Semple Street is now expected to get underway by 4 July to complete by January 2018, in tandem with a search to find tenants for the £12m block.

The project has entailed the demolition of a 1950’s extension to the art-deco Lothian House to make way for the new build.

GSS Developments director, Paul Stevenson, remarked: “The appointment of reputable contractors McLaughlin & Harvey signals our intent that this project will be delivered without delay. In initiating an early start date, potential tenants can plan ahead in confidence, thus removing some of the nervousness that can be involved in relocating offices.”

In addition to office space the project will accommodate two retail units fronting Lothian Road
A later extension to Lothian House was demolished to accommodate the build
A later extension to Lothian House was demolished to accommodate the build
A skyline view of the scheme from Edinburgh Castle
A skyline view of the scheme from Edinburgh Castle

4 Comments

rabbie
#1 Posted by rabbie on 21 Jun 2016 at 12:27 PM
The initial renders proposed for this site looked relatively decent. However all distinguishing features have since been removed and we are now left with this utterly banal structure. Not worth losing the extension to Lothian House for. The whole of Semple Street is sterile and bland.
Basho
#2 Posted by Basho on 21 Jun 2016 at 12:41 PM
What happened to the old white fa├žade design? That was much more interesting. I can't take any more sandstone!!
Terra
#3 Posted by Terra on 21 Jun 2016 at 20:10 PM
It's decent enough. Would be nice to get some stand out buildings with some imagination but as it is, it communicates with the surroundings well enough and isn't bad at least.
Fraz
#4 Posted by Fraz on 22 Jun 2016 at 21:47 PM
Copy and paste design? Seems very similar to recent projects.

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