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February 23 2018

Amendments sought for £200m Haymarket masterplan pending sale
Interserve and Tiger Developments have reworked previously consented plans for The Haymarket, a mixed-use development on the site of a former railway goods yard off Morrison Street, Edinburgh, for a third time after placing the £200m brownfield development up for sale.

Preparatory engineering works, including the safeguarding of railway tunnels bisecting the site, have already been completed but second thoughts have led to a series of design revisions being filed for above ground structures.

Richard Murphy Architects are once again behind the latest application, which adheres to the same key elements and masterplan of the original, but with some significant changes; principally the separation of buildings fronting Morrison Crescent to form a pedestrian through route into the scheme.

In a statement the architects wrote: “The principal change proposed is the separation of buildings, re-instating the ‘open’ street between.

“This is achieved through the redesign of the hotel (building three) and the southern office (building four) which also brings the hotel reception and restaurant to ground floor enhancing street presence.

“Other changes to the scheme include improving the second hotel (building two) entrance position, minor changes to suit the hotel and supermarket operator and reducing the number of windows facing the Colonies.”

Other alterations to the mass and form of individual buildings in this third amendment are considered ‘minimal’ based on changes to a revised 2016 application which the council is minded to approve.
A new developer is being sought to complete the £200m scheme
A new developer is being sought to complete the £200m scheme
Planning has been granted for three office buildings, retail, a 190-bed hotel and a 170-bed apart-hotel
Planning has been granted for three office buildings, retail, a 190-bed hotel and a 170-bed apart-hotel

4 Comments

E=mc2
#1 Posted by E=mc2 on 24 Feb 2018 at 13:18 PM
This is never going to happen, is it...
CadMonkey
#2 Posted by CadMonkey on 26 Feb 2018 at 17:36 PM
That main image looks like a comedy collage to show how a crammed squished mish mash development could potentially look on the site.
How could anyone actually think this looks appropriate in terms of style, massing and density?
dave the detailer
#3 Posted by dave the detailer on 26 Feb 2018 at 21:29 PM
#2 the developer likely thinks that though we all know they're very very wrong.
Bob
#4 Posted by Bob on 27 Feb 2018 at 10:55 AM
Pretty grim looking, corporate business park-like public realm...whats left of it that is. Those dark, tight lanes between buildings look especially miserable.
Agree with #2...the first image is crazy.
Bland office blocks like this could be anywhere...zero personality and creativity. Looks like the design team have lost the will to live on this one.

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