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October 25 2019

Brutalist Edinburgh car park earns B listing

Historic Environment Scotland has awarded B-listed status to a brutalist car park at the foot of Edinburgh Castle in recognition of its innovative construction.

Dating from 1966 Castle Terrace car park is considered to be the earliest example of modern multi-storey construction in the country and has been praised for its sleek deference to its surroundings.

The listing also recognizes societal shifts evidenced by the new building typology in response to rapid increases in car ownership over the post-war era.

Elizabeth McCrone of HES commented: “While there is a love-hate relationship with architecture built after the Second World War, these buildings have an important part to play in telling Scotland's story.

"Interest in these buildings is growing rapidly and we frequently receive requests from the public asking us to look at this aspect of our heritage.”

HES have increasingly turned their attention to postwar examples of architectural innovation, notably with the award of an A-listing to Leith’s Banana Flats.

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1 Comment

two wrongs don't make a right
#1 Posted by two wrongs don't make a right on 28 Oct 2019 at 16:10 PM
So we're going to celebrate two of the biggest contributors, in use and architectural style, to the ruination of so many town and city centres? Say it ain't so.

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