Mixed-use trio to adorn Edinburgh’s Exchange District
June 5 2017Edinburgh’s Exchange district to accommodate 4,500sq/m of office space, 550 hotel rooms, retail and leisure uses.
Conceived at the behest of Scottish Power Energy Networks the scheme will constitute three separate buildings stepping up in scale from the Georgian and Victorian tenements through to the Edinburgh Conference Centre.
Each of these will rise on top of a central podium on a constricted site which is also bisected by a main line railway tunnel connecting Haymarket with Waverley.
Building on an approved masterplan from PLP Architecture in 2010 this will see a row of ornate B-listed Victorian workshops along Dewar Place retained as an active frontage and hotel entrance. Behind this a series of three separate buildings will rise united by a common material and elevation treatment of perforated corten steel panels and a mix of pink, buff and silver sandstone.
Outlining their vision the architects wrote: “Pedestrian routes and permeability are key to our vision and we will consider the spaces between buildings in order to make them attractive and welcoming. Activation of these spaces will also be considered through the day and night.
“The reduction in scale to Dewar Place will lessen the impact of the developments overall mass in relation to views from Torphichen St and Haymarket whilst the retention of the existing facade and the possible widening of the pavement to Dewar Place, giving over more space for pedestrians, will activate this area.”
A key aim for the design will be to bring about improved pedestrian access to the Exchange District, by improving circulation and introducing new building uses to encourage after hours footfall.
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