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Speculative Edinburgh offices grow with eleventh hour amendment

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January 15 2018

Speculative Edinburgh offices grow with eleventh hour amendment
Michael Laird Architects have tabled an eleventh hour amendment to a speculative Edinburgh office build, already under construction, to allow an extra floor to be added to accommodate surging commercial demand in the city.

2 Semple Street is being pushed by GSS Developments with the aim of permitting the addition of a seventh floor providing an additional 520sq/m of lettable floorspace. Mirroring a sixth-floor setback this would avoid any changes to the project as it currently stands, in terms of materials and finish.

As part of their application MLA submitted a visual impact study depicting the potential impact of a height extension upon the wider Exchange financial district.

In a statement the architects wrote: “This study would tend to give confidence that the proposed massing and architectural features of the additional floor of 2 Semple Street brings the development more into the main stream of architectural precedent which has been set by the surrounding developments since the development was approved in 2014. As such, the additional storey would not have an adverse impact on the city’s skyline.”

By increasing floorspace GSS aim to appeal to a broader range of prospective tenants who may require larger premises.

2 Comments

Philip
#1 Posted by Philip on 15 Jan 2018 at 20:59 PM
I tried to read the architects blurb but died of asphyxiation half way through, due to a lack of punctuation.
Don't think many will give two hoots about the extra storey really....Anything interesting going on on Scottish Architecture?
Neil
#2 Posted by Neil on 16 Jan 2018 at 11:52 AM
It translates as everyone else is building bigger so we want to do it too.

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