Revised Caltongate plans submitted
September 3 2013Caltongate district have submitted revised proposals to Edinburgh City Council following the conclusion of a public consultation.
Designed by Allan Murray Architects the application focuses on land bounded by New Street and East Market Street and will deliver a range of office accommodation with mixed leisure and commercial facilities at street level, in addition to extensive landscaping and public realm work.
Changes to the consented 2008 application include a reduction in the overall scale and massing of the development together with increased permeability and active frontages around a new square.
Individual buildings will be largely clad in sandstone as before with zinc roofing although other materials have now been introduced to highlight architectural features; including timber cladding and louvred facades.
Artisan managing director Lukas Nakos said: "During the last 18 months, we have listened to a huge variety of views and opinions on the development of the site and heard impassioned arguments relating to its unique importance, setting, heritage and community.
"Our planning application reflects this varied and dynamic consultation process and we feel we now have a proposal which balances ambitious and flexible commercial priorities with a genuine understanding of the area's community and civic context.
"Artisan will bring international capital investment of £150m to the table, coupled with the vision and commitment needed to complete what has already been started.
"The location is the missing piece of the jigsaw which will see the rejuvenation of the Old Town as a vibrant commercial and social quarter of international appeal."
A new archway on the Royal Mile, part of a separate planning application for the southern site, gives access to the public square
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