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October 5 2010

Haymarket plan B slated by Cockburn Association
Tiger Developments long running battle to have an eyesore gap site near Edinburgh's Haymarket station has hit fresh controversy after the Cockburn Association branded the latest plans "lumpy" and "ugly".

Earlier designs by Richard Murphy for a 17 storey hotel on the site were thrown out following a public enquiry, forcing Tiger to scale back their ambition to a more modest eight storeys.

This hasn't proved sufficient to assuage critics however who claim it will ruin sight lines in the city, despite the taller scheme having been approved by both Historic Scotland and local councillors.

Speaking to the Scotsman Cockburn Association director Marion Williams claimed that the stunted scheme could no longer "be considered a landmark" and must therefore respect the prevailing building height of nearby tenements.

2 Comments

D Dan
#1 Posted by D Dan on 6 Oct 2010 at 07:59 AM
This is far worse than Murphy's 17 storey hotel. This is absolutely horrendous. Dont normally agree with the Cockburn crowd but I certainly back them up on this occassion. Its like a giant billboard and anyone who knows the site will appreciate how awkward this will sit on a very prominent corner. There is nothing good about this...it is very very BAD design.
JT
#2 Posted by JT on 10 Oct 2010 at 10:05 AM
What's going on with Richard, he's putting out some truly rotten stuff theses days. It's as if he can't move up in scale. Really great house extensions and small scale projects but this and that Aberdeen hotel are dull and overworked. It's a puzzle?

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