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November 23 2011

Construction commences on speculative Edinburgh offices
Construction work has begun on a speculative development of 25,000sq/ft of offices on Robertson Avenue, Edinburgh.

Developed by J Smart & Co CityWest sits on the site of a former Bank of Scotland Computer Centre and  forms part of a wider mixed use scheme comprising a residential element of 88 homes by Barratt.

When complete it will offer tenants terraced balconies and floor to ceiling glazing on penthouse levels.

HAA Design has been appointed to oversee interior design work on a double height entrance lobby and communal areas.

David Smart, J Smart & Co’s development director, said: “We are pleased to bring CityWest, to the market. Historically, we’ve been able to adopt a counter-cyclical approach to development and avoid development lag.  We look forward to what will be one of the few completions of a speculative office building in 2012.”
A defunct computer centre has been demolished to make way for the plans
A defunct computer centre has been demolished to make way for the plans
CityWest is a vote of confidence in Edinburgh's commericial property market
CityWest is a vote of confidence in Edinburgh's commericial property market

4 Comments

Brian
#1 Posted by Brian on 23 Nov 2011 at 14:28 PM
I take that back about the st vincent st building Glasgow.
Bella MagLinchey
#2 Posted by Bella MagLinchey on 23 Nov 2011 at 22:24 PM
I like this building and I like Edinburgh's approach to new office buildings -- Edinburgh in my opinion has managed to integrate a lot of new buildings successfully into its historic cityscape without upsetting the balance detrimentally.

I like the sandstone cladding too.
Neil
#3 Posted by Neil on 25 Nov 2011 at 08:59 AM
I don't I'm afraid - bit of a dated late-90s aesthetic, vaguely prefab-looking in a sort of sub-Cartwright Pickard way but with some shuffly windows as a nod to the last decade. This sort of thing has surely reached a dead end in Edinburgh already - the 'Exchange' district already has miles of these.
Bella Maglinchey
#4 Posted by Bella Maglinchey on 25 Nov 2011 at 09:34 AM
@Neil

It is 'dated' with regards to its aesthetic but I think because it references, in its materiality, common materials used in Edinburgh buildings, and because the vernacular is restrained and uses a simple geometry, the building blends in.

I'm just trying to imagine the overall effect on the built environment and I think Edinburgh has been pretty successful there. New builds have a certain style about them e.g Edinburgh conference centre, which I quite like.

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