'Gateway' mixed-use build planned for Haymarket Yards transport hub
November 26 2021
Elgin Haymarket has opened an engagement process behind emerging proposals for an operationally zero-carbon mixed-use development at 20 Haymarket Yards.
Separate office and hotel buildings are proposed by 7N Architects for the evolving Edinburgh transport hub, which will also include a cafe, active travel links and electric vehicle charging infrastructure set amongst enhanced public realm around the Haymarket tram interchange.
This would see the vacant Elgin House demolished, freeing up a 0.59hectare brownfield site for development as part of a larger urban block that incorporates Rosebery House (itself up for redevelopment).
In a statement of intent, the applicant wrote: "An important ‘gateway’ mixed-use hotel and office development are proposed, creating a new Haymarket District at a major public transport hub. It aims to create a benchmark sustainable development that prioritises health and wellbeing, providing a new workspace offer for Edinburgh that responds to the sea change in market demand post-pandemic.
"The proposals will be targeting zero carbon in operation solutions, by adopting non-gas, renewable energy servicing strategies to align with the council’s future zero-carbon ambitions. The office building aims to create a workplace that is founded upon the positive wellbeing of its future occupants, with inherent flexibility and adaptability, including winter gardens and green landscape roof terraces, whilst targeting EPC A and BREEAM ‘excellent’ accreditation."
An interactive engagement event is scheduled to take place on 1 December between 16:00 and 20:00. A detailed planning application is expected to follow in March with completion by 2025.
Limited car parking will encourage greener commutes with an emphasis on pedestrian and cycle movements
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