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October 4 2017

‘De-furbished’ Princes Street offices unveiled
A trend toward ‘de-furbished’ office provision in Edinburgh is continuing with extension of a four storey Princes Street townhouse to form 11,000sq/ft of upper floor accommodation.

132 Princes Street has been designed by 3DReid to offer tenants a mix of a modern finish complete with exposed services, brick, concrete and steel to offer a characterful alternative to a generic open plan office.

Geoff Scott, associate director at letting agents JLL, said: “Princes Street is synonymous with retail and leisure, but it also has much to offer as an office location. In line with Edinburgh’s emergence as one of the fastest growing tech hubs outside of London, 132 Princes Street offers a de-furbished finish to meet modern demand for engaging, thought provoking places to work. With office supply remaining tight and demand steady, 132 provide some much-needed quality accommodation in the city centre that is unique in the market.”

Undertaken on behalf of Hazledene House work to the B-listed building includes the formation of a feature stairwell and a glazed rear extension while exposing something of the buildings past, variously served as a shop, theatre, cinema and tea room.
3DReid have extended right up into the attic
3DReid have extended right up into the attic
Brick, concrete and steel are used sparingly to create a modern look
Brick, concrete and steel are used sparingly to create a modern look

Servicing has been screened externally in accordance with the sites World Heritage stature
Servicing has been screened externally in accordance with the sites World Heritage stature
Stepped and insulated translucent glass leads to light-filled floorplates
Stepped and insulated translucent glass leads to light-filled floorplates

Tenants will enjoy enviable views of Edinburgh Castle
Tenants will enjoy enviable views of Edinburgh Castle
The speculative scheme is still awaiting tenants
The speculative scheme is still awaiting tenants

6 Comments

hmm
#1 Posted by hmm on 4 Oct 2017 at 12:16 PM
To pull this off you need semi-decent looking services...those lights and vents are mank. Shame, because they undermine the rest of the scheme which is quite interesting.
The Bairn
#2 Posted by The Bairn on 4 Oct 2017 at 14:55 PM
Well I for one am re-assured that the 'servicing has been screened externally' it's a pity the rear elevations were left exposed!! Blooming eyesore eh lads??.
Get a grip. Looks cheap and very nasty.
Maybe trendy and fashionable in some architects eyes...
Matt
#3 Posted by Matt on 4 Oct 2017 at 16:05 PM
Exposed materials look great if authentically aged or of decent quality. This is utter guff..breeze blocks, crap low spec office lighting, and filthy looking steel structure... this is what happens when a commercial practice try to interpret hipster chic and a developer is trying to be too clever.
Annanite
#4 Posted by Annanite on 5 Oct 2017 at 12:10 PM
Jeez... The messy wall finishes are horrific - the exposed stonework is interesting.
Wonder if there's a de-furbished rental rate and it's going to be a whole lot of fun negotiating a dilapidations claim at the end of a lease on those offices!!

The attic space looks lovely though - like it.
MV
#5 Posted by MV on 6 Oct 2017 at 16:56 PM
I'm assuming you "lads" prefer a more traditional, honest approach to office refurb, eh? Akin to: https://www.regus.co.uk/office-space/united-kingdom/edinburgh/edinburgh-princes-street ?

I agree that this particular "de-furb" really suffers from not having the Armstrong ceiling grid, the raised access floor and the blue carpet tiles. Where the heck is the tea prep, for goodness sake??

Those crazy architects and developers - stick with the things people know in future.
Sam
#6 Posted by Sam on 10 Oct 2017 at 13:05 PM
C'mon! The whole argument of looking good / looking bad is pretty much irrelevant when you know that the whole thing's as leaky as a sieve, poorly insulated, draughty and uncomfortable. Are we really still going for style over substance?

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