Time called on Haymarket office block for Net Zero carbon replacement
July 28 2021
Led by 3DReid Architects the centrally located build would target the financial and tech sectors supplanting 8,000dsq/ft of floor space that is disconnected from the tram interchange with modern accommodation that maximises the site footprint.
Remedying the present frontage which presents an access ramp to the street the architects have opted to make use of underutilised peripheral spaces to create a more collegiate public realm that provides a more appropriate backdrop to the tram network.
In a statement 3DReid wrote: "Through study of the commercial architecture of the New Town, we have sought a contemporary reading of the predominant neoclassical language that is present within many of these buildings, appraising their rhythm and articulation in order to develop a proposal that, whilst progressive in its outlook, is more distinctly of its place than some of the more disparate aesthetics that have arisen in other contemporary development in the vicinity.
"Precast concrete has been proposed as the primary cladding material on account of its qualities and solidity being able to tonally reflect the unifying sandstone of the city’s historic built core."
Employing stepped massing to transition in scale to contain the nearby Haymarket Yards the scheme is nevertheless considered to have a low impact on key Castle sightlines.
External amenity includes a rooftop terrace on the sixth, seventh and eighth floors. A dedicated entrance to Haymarket Station will also be created to the east gable to provide overflow capacity for major events.
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