Canongate coworking space brings green commuting to the Old Town
March 18 2020
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.