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On-site works commence at £5.5m Edinburgh office refurb

July 22 2015

On-site works commence at £5.5m Edinburgh office refurb
IVG is pressing ahead with a £5.5m refurbishment of 40 Torpichen Street, Edinburgh, a 54,369sq/ft office block in the city’s Exchange office district.

Work to the ground and six upper levels is designed to bring in more natural light and open up 360 degree views of the skyline with a new double height reception area joining upgraded services such as ceilings, lighting and showers.

Craig Watson, director, JLL comments “By the end of 2015 Edinburgh will be facing a critical shortage of quality open plan space in the city centre so 40 Torphichen Street will be well placed to take advantage of this. With 80 per cent of activity in Edinburgh stemming from occupiers seeking 5,000 sq/ft or below, the individual suites in 40 Torphichen Street, which range from 3,500-4,200 sq/ft, are ideally suited to accommodate the majority of demand.”

The refurbishment has been drawn up by Michael laird Architects with Robertson Group appointed as main contractor.


#1 Posted by Stephen on 22 Jul 2015 at 16:04 PM
It's a pity they are not also developing the adjoining piece of land which has stood derelict for years.
#2 Posted by visitor on 23 Jul 2015 at 05:30 AM
a lot of developers have looked at this piece of land, and there are a myriad of schemes littered across Architectural pracitces across the City. What mkaes this site particularly difficult is the rail tunnels beneath the site. a complex and expensive sub-structure is required, which is recent years, has been prohibitively expensive, requiring tunnel repair works etc. The tunnels are the resaon for 40 Torphicen Street's 'Z' form, as each wing straddles a tunnel crossing the site obliquely.
#3 Posted by Neil on 23 Jul 2015 at 17:25 PM
If it's uneconomical to develop why not landscape it instead - even if only as a medium term solution until such times as the balance of economic factors shifted?
#4 Posted by Dunk on 24 Jul 2015 at 00:19 AM
I imagine landowners don't like to give sites over to landscaping/ green space because it could make it more difficult to develop as the years pass.

Legislation is required to push landowners into doing the right thing. Fair legislation would offer greater protection of future development potential in return.
#5 Posted by visitor on 25 Jul 2015 at 07:14 AM
i'm not sure if it is still the case, but the land certainly used to belong to CEC. Best have a word with the Council for a bit of nice landscaping!

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