Extension to reinvigorate 'tired' Edinburgh office block
August 30 2021
Comprehensive Design Architects have filed plans for Edinburgh One, an 84,000sq/ft office building formed from the extension and refurbishment of an existing office block completed by Hurd Rolland just 20 years ago.
Currently vacant the current block is considered unsuited to post-Covid working by new owners who propose to upgrade mechanical and electrical systems to the same standard as its newer neighbours such as Hurd Rolland's Capital Square and BDP's Atria.
As part of this work, two additional floors of office accommodation will be created together with an extension of the floorplate on lower levels by infilling a central atrium to create an extra 30,000sq/ft of space, retaining as much of the existing building as possible.
In a statement, CDA said: "The existing building currently performs against the elements and is wind and watertight, however, its appearance is tired and weathered with an outdated aesthetic made more apparent by the recent new builds in the immediate vicinity.
"Edinburgh One will provide the Edinburgh market with the very highest specification of modern office accommodation. It is an ambitious development looking to achieve some of the highest sustainable ratings possible for a redevelopment of an existing building."
In the process, the building is targeted to achieve a BREEAM 'Excellent' APC 'A' rating, through interventions such as relining internal walls to enhance their thermal qualities and replacing partially infilled windows with high-performance glazing.
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