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Canongate coworking space brings green commuting to the Old Town

March 18 2020

Canongate coworking space brings green commuting to the Old Town

The City of Edinburgh Council has granted planning consent to the delivery of a new office project in the heart of the Old Town to address a shortage of quality office stock suitable for coworking.

Situated at 179 Canongate the scheme eschews a corporate look in favour of a ‘characterful’ approach by enhancing the current courtyard to Old Tolbooth Wynd through the provision of a café while retaining character features such as boundary walls and workshops.

Designed by 3DReid Architects on behalf of Summix Capital the sensitive scheme incorporates the A-listed Canongate Kirk and Canongate Tolbooth within the World Heritage site.

Stuart Black, development director at Summix Capital, said: “As a coworking space, our development will offer an innovative and competitive solution while ensuring its green credentials are in line with the City of Edinburgh Council standards.

“The plans represent the conclusion of a collaborative discussion about how best to make this site work. Summix Capital consulted widely with stakeholders and the community to ensure this site represented the kind of forwarded momentum the city-centre needs.”

Geared toward small and medium-sized occupiers the sustainable vision includes the provision of dedicated cycling facilities to encourage green commuting. Spread over four floors, each offering 5,000sq/ft of floor space, the building will offer occupants accessible break out spaces on the upper two floors to help foster collaboration.

AQ public cafe will help to animate the historic courtyard
AQ public cafe will help to animate the historic courtyard


Bill S
#1 Posted by Bill S on 18 Mar 2020 at 16:38 PM
Looks great. Who prepared the visuals UR?
#2 Posted by UR on 18 Mar 2020 at 17:03 PM
All renders are produced by 3DReid Bill
Chris Dobson
#3 Posted by Chris Dobson on 18 Mar 2020 at 18:54 PM
All of the exterior visuals are done in-house, by 3DReid. The interior ones have been produced by MFORM Visualisations.

Am keen to give credit, where credit's due :)
Bill S
#4 Posted by Bill S on 19 Mar 2020 at 08:02 AM
Thanks Chris. Both renders look great and the internal one looks particularly inviting. Nice to see such a refined scheme in Edinburgh's Old Town.
Damp Proof Membrane
#5 Posted by Damp Proof Membrane on 19 Mar 2020 at 10:26 AM
Really great to see. The Scotland offices of 3DReid are doing really great work. Well done all round to the teams.
tony malley
#6 Posted by tony malley on 19 Mar 2020 at 13:36 PM
Looks an appropriate solution to the context.
The renderings are also excellent .

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