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March 3 2021

Edinburgh planners welcome New Town deck and terrace vision

10 Design has won approval for a major redevelopment project in Edinburgh's New Town to transform the sprawling former Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters on Dundas Street into a mixed-use district built on a series of green decks and landscaped terraces.

The New Town Quarter is being delivered by Ediston and Orion Capital Managers and will deliver 80,000sq/ft of office space, 350 homes and a public realm to better connect Dundas Street to King George V Park.

Central to this goal will be the creation of a series of landscaped terraces to manage precipitous level changes and establish new east to west links on car-free green decks lined with retail, leisure and community spaces.

Gordon Affleck, design partner at 10 Design, said: “The site has offered a unique opportunity to reconnect the park to the north andwest 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.”

Introducing a population density of up to 165 people per hectare the urban quarter aims to bring new life to one of the last remaining significant development sites in the New Town.

Activation at all levels will maximise the potential of the site
Activation at all levels will maximise the potential of the site
An emphasis on health and wellbeing prioritises green space as well as facilities such as a gym
An emphasis on health and wellbeing prioritises green space as well as facilities such as a gym

King George V Park will be better integrated within the New Town as a green lung
King George V Park will be better integrated within the New Town as a green lung
Landscaped links overseen by Optimised Environments will introduce new entry points to the park
Landscaped links overseen by Optimised Environments will introduce new entry points to the park

Staggered entrances will see the buildings work on different levels
Staggered entrances will see the buildings work on different levels
Visualisations provided courtesy of 10 Design and Noë & Associates
Visualisations provided courtesy of 10 Design and Noë & Associates

2 Comments

themarchtooblivion
#1 Posted by themarchtooblivion on 4 Mar 2021 at 11:23 AM
Do 10 Design live in a different Edinburgh? Can't imagine the rooftop bar seeing much use.
Randall Sloan
#2 Posted by Randall Sloan on 8 Mar 2021 at 10:49 AM
#1 disagree, think of all the months during the summer where the weather is acceptable - I think that fact that George St basically gets shut down to traffic and turned into a beer garden (admittedly for the festival) speaks volumes, Also, the roof is already there, so might as well make use of it. It hardly does anyone any harm if it isn't in use due to bad weather as the basis of it is there anyway. Besides, they had to do something to inject a bit of excitement into the proposal, otherwise this would just be generic boxes, at least now its generic boxes with a G&T on the top.

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