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June 20 2016

Office to residential conversion tabled for Edinburgh townhouses
Warwick Stewart Architects have tabled proposals for the alteration and refurbishment of an historic terrace at Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, as part of a conversion from office to residential.

Currently untenanted the office space was carved out of the shell of two Georgian town houses in the 1960’s during which all internal period features were removed to allow insertion of a new concrete structure.

As part of this work an unsympathetic rear façade will be rebuilt in sandstone and a mews building on Northumberland Place Lane will be reinstated to provide replacement office space. It is also proposed to create a ‘glazed pod’ as part of a penthouse roof terrace.

In their design statement the architects noted: “The treatment of the rear façade is contemporary and although we have respected the scale and proportions of the adjoining building, it would be inappropriate to use a traditional Georgian style or material.”

Car parking to the rear of the property will be retained following the work but with new surface treatments and areas of soft landscaping to minimise contrast with neighbouring gardens.
The rear facade will be replaced with sandstone
The rear facade will be replaced with sandstone

4 Comments

Osbert Lancater
#1 Posted by Osbert Lancater on 20 Jun 2016 at 14:49 PM
"an unsympathetic rear façade will be rebuilt in sandstone"...
Terra
#2 Posted by Terra on 21 Jun 2016 at 00:33 AM
#1 Sandstone is certainly better than the current monstrous facade.
And it's always a good thing to get more people living in the city and not out in the periphery. Good idea.
Osbert Linklater
#3 Posted by Osbert Linklater on 21 Jun 2016 at 15:15 PM
Having sat at the back of the star bar and pondered the existing facade, I think monstrous is over stating it, the concrete panels have weathered well with the surrounding stone, and the existing façade has rigour sadly lacking in its replacement.
Terra
#4 Posted by Terra on 21 Jun 2016 at 20:16 PM
#3 I'm just not a fan of brutalism, mate. Can't stand it.

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