Detailed designs unveiled for New Town 'urban hub'
November 17 2020
Ambitious designs for a mixed-use redevelopment of former Royal Bank of Scotland offices at Dundas Street, Edinburgh, have been showcased by 10 Design and Ediston Real Estate.
Following consultations the team alighted on plans for a high density 'urban centre' comprising a mix of shops, homes and offices with complementary public realm and a hotel.
Standing within the New Town World Heritage site the development juggles the need to sensitively respond to listed buildings while strengthening connections to King George V Park. Key to this approach will be establishing a sequence of landscape and amenity terraces to manage changes in level and transition between park and city, aided by the creation of new pedestrian and cycle routes.
Gordon Affleck, design partner at 10 Design, remarked: “The site has offered a unique opportunity to reconnect the park to the north and west of the city. Respecting both the sensitivity of its location with the New Town and the complexities of the physical restrictions of the site has proved challenging, however we believe the quality and diversity of the development uses and the new public realm will create a focal point and positive amenity for both the local and wider community.”
The car-free environment will include a new public plaza lined by retail, cafes and bars from which community events can be held.
Green decks and elevated landscape spaces, as well as an on-site gym, will emphasise health and wellbeing
The stunted, Premier Inn-like crescent section is particularly bland.
Scheme has an overwhelming whiff of a bland business park or “financial district” although I wasn’t expecting anything more. I would contest UR’s view that this scheme is in anyway ‘ambitious’ other than its scale.
#6 there is nowt original about any of the facades on offer. Cut n’ paste job throughout.
The scheme does seem to suffer from:
- the already commented corporate façadism. Watch any remaining strands of joy inherent in the design get diluted as it's built (and 'value engineered' - ugh)
- the privatised streetscape that comes with modern large scale developments - these streetscapes don't belong to to the people of Edinburgh, they belong to the offshore financiers and developers and they make sure you know it. Been happening in the city of London for years and it makes for cr*p spaces.
Anyway, I wish the scheme well. I admit I'm sad to see the old building go, I really like it though its not without its flaws, so such is life.
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What a well trained dog, obediently lying down while a flock of pigeons eat some left over Comte out of a discarded Mellis wrapper. If my dog so much as senses a pigeon on the other side of the park he is gone like the amenity of a townhouse on Royal Crescent.