Office approval brings Fountainbridge full circle
August 30 2019
City of Edinburgh planners has voted to wave through a design by Michael Laird Architects for a statement curved glass office block in Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge district.
Exchange Place 4 at Port Hamilton serves as the ‘missing link’ in a commercial crescent by infilling a gap in the BDP-led masterplan with 4,465sq/m of floor space to address an acute shortfall in accommodation across the city.
Framing an inner courtyard the offices will boast a green wall brings the front façade, adding life to the anodised curtain walling featured elsewhere.
Detailing their approach the architects wrote: “The proposal will act as the missing piece and provide a balance between the height of both existing buildings as the height increases towards the Scottish Widows building. The scale and mass will also balance with the neighbouring residential properties.”
As part of the proposal, an existing cycle route from the Union Canal to the city will be upgraded by running the link underneath the building at ground level.
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