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Old January 17th, 2013, 08:54 PM   #1401
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Waverley Station roof finally uncovered

Urban Realm 16th January 2013

Waverley Station’s dungeon-like atmosphere has finally been lifted with the completion of large parts of its refurbished glass canopy, part of an ongoing £130m upgrade of the fifth busiest station outside London.

This is seeing 34,000sq/m of strengthened, clear glass roof panels fitted to the original Victorian ironwork frame of the station to allow more natural light to flood into the interior.

Internal spaces are also to be de-cluttered through removal of unused furniture, buildings and high-level walkways.

Network Rail has already improved access to the station through installation of a new covered entranceway at the Waverley Steps and a Stannah designed passenger lift.

The new-look station is scheduled to be fully complete by June 2014.

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Looks pretty nice! Would like to see more pictures though! Curious to see how bright it is on the platforms.
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King's Building Nursery by Malcolm Fraser Architects

Planning application granted for Malcolm Fraser Architect's new nursery facility at Edinburgh University's King's Buildings campus. To be built amongst mature trees and adjacent to the northern entrance to the campus on the site of a currently semi-derelict workshop.

https://citydev-portal.edinburgh.gov...NT-1479284.pdf
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Edinburgh’s Advocate's Close redevelopment nears completion

Urban Realm - 25th January, 2013



Phase one of a £45m redevelopment of Edinburgh’s Advocates Close has been completed with the handover of keys to a 208 bedroom Motel One by Chris Stewart Group.

Designed by Morgan McDonnell alongside main contractor Interserve Advocate's Close links five separate buildings in the historic Old Town with further phasing set to deliver 29 serviced apartments, three restaurants and 7,000sq/ft of office space upon completion in the spring.

Work on the project began four years ago and involves transformation of a number of back lanes into a new leisure destination whilst preserving architectural features such as exposed brickwork, gabled ceilings and 15th century hand-painted wall panels.

It also reinstates the original massing of buildings in a contemporary context and incorporates one of the oldest town houses in the city the project has also revealed a number of subterranean passageways linking Advocate’s Close to Roxburgh Close.

Chris Stewart, CEO of CSG, said: “Advocate’s Close is a labour of love with every detail meticulously planned and executed. We have designed-in open spaces and a new ‘square’ as well as ways to create vistas from the top of the close out and over Princes Street Gardens beyond.

“The serviced apartments and restaurants emerge from the solid remains of fifteenth century Edinburgh, rising above the rooftops to offer a unique 360 degree aspect of the city using materials that will stand the test of modern times and tastes.”
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Old City Observatory Redevelopment

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It would be hard to imagine a finer vista from any art gallery in the world.

As Kate Gray, director of Edinburgh’s Collective, describes her *vision for the gallery’s new home in the City Observatory, the stunning William Henry Playfair building atop Calton Hill, I can’t help being *distracted by the view.

As I scan the horizon from the snow-dusted Pentlands to the mist-shrouded Forth, with a whole chunk of Scottish history in between, Gray describes the way that past and present come together: “There’s a *palpable sense of excitement, you can still feel it in the site itself.”

This month more than 60 contemporary artists are backing Gray’s *vision to turn the site into two world-class spaces, one hosting an international programme, the other housing the New Work Scotland *Programme, which supports younger *artists in their early careers.

They are donating work for a fund-raising auction, which will open online on 14 February and culminate on 14 March in a celebration and live auction at Lyon and Turnbull in *central Edinburgh. Among them are Callum Innes, Turner Prize winners Martin Boyce and Jeremy Deller, overseas figures like Spencer Finch, and a veritable who’s who of the Scottish art world. All of them have exhibited at the gallery since it was founded as an artist-led collective in 1984.

Graham Fagen, for example, has worked with some of the country’s most important institutions. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the National Theatre of Scotland commissioned his recent film, Missing. He has shown at the V&A and the Imperial War Museum. But back in 1990 he was an inexperienced young graduate still finding his feet when he was invited to show at the gallery. “I guess I had my very first public exhibition with Collective in the early 1990s,” he tells me, “when the gallery was in the High Street.” He has *donated a drawing inspired by Robert Burns, The Liberty Tree, “so that other duffers like myself might get the same opportunities.”

Similarly, when I speak to Moyna Flannigan, who has donated a painting, she has just completed a new body of work for a forthcoming show at her Amsterdam gallery. These days you’ll find her paintings in the collection of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, but Collective offered her one of her first public opportunities. “Collective was an important platform for the public and your peers to show your work in an atmosphere that was supportive.” She went on to join the Members’ Committee and, when the gallery changed its structure, she sat on its board.

For Flannigan, one of the attractions of the proposal is the nature of the site, a group of small, functional buildings, dressed up as a classical temple and in a spectacular setting. “It’s a move away from the conventional white cube gallery that has become the norm. It may generate new ideas, the space has such a lot of history.”

As Gray takes me round, the complexities become apparent. The City Observatory, built in 1818, has not been consistently used for around a decade. It once housed three telescopes, two on its ground floor and one in its domed roof. Its interior spaces are complex and in need of *attention. More recent history is also present: a dusty panelled office; a cupboard door lined with cartoons about astronomy.

Important instruments, such as the politician’s clock (it was two-faced), are being refurbished at the National Museums of Scotland. But the building still houses instruments which must be preserved and kept accessible. Gray shows me the Transit Telescope, which would be preserved *under her plans, the closed shutters reopened and glazed to open the building to light.

The Transit Telescope was used to calculate time: this was very much a place about scientific optimism and the here and now. “This place produced time for the city,” she explains. “Residents could set their time pieces and mariners came from the Port of Leith with their chronometers.”

The Observatory is held in the Common Good for the city. The gallery takes its responsibilities seriously. Plans are at their early stages and change will be incremental as fundraising allows. From June, Gray and her team will be housed on the hard standing on the top of the hill, in a temporary building outside the Observatory walls. Soon they will begin to show work in the City Dome where refurbishment has already begun.

It is a vast and atmospheric empty building built in 1896 that became obsolete when the Observatory moved its functions to a new site in Blackford. The site has been master-planned by Malcolm Fraser Architects and the team is working closely with Edinburgh City Council, Historic Scotland and Creative Scotland.

The building is one of William *Henry Playfair’s earliest commissions. The design is based on a Greek Temple of the Four Winds, with a walled garden. “But we’re not going to come up here and hide behind the walls,” says Gray. The building is a ten-minute walk from Waverley and the hill itself is a surprisingly busy destination.

It was, she confesses, “almost *naivety that brought me here” when her current premises in Cockburn Street were sold. “People are so supportive and just want the buildings to find a use.”

We look around the site, which despite its grandeur is looking windswept and in clear need of occupation. “It can’t just be about conservation with a small c. It has to be about vision.” And Gray’s vision to revitalise this place, “to bring contemporary art into the iconic heart of *Edinburgh”, is beginning to become a reality.
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NHS Lothian’s Royal Victoria Building officially unveiled

Urban Realm 5th February 2013

NHS Lothian’s Royal Victoria Building at the Western general Infirmary has been officially unveiled by Alex Neil MSP, cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing.

The £43.6m Keppie designed facility replaces the Royal Victoria Hospital and provides six dedicated wards for patients aged over 65 as well as an assessment and rehabilitation centre for day patients and outpatients.

Each bed is allocated a single room, each with its own en-suite shower and toilet facilities and benefit from a central courtyard garden.
A link corridor connects to the adjacent Anne Ferguson Building.

Neil said: “The new Royal Victoria Building is a fantastic example of how patients are benefiting from a modern purpose-built facility, with 100 per cent single rooms which can help to reduce infection and promote dignity for all patients.”

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Deaconess House student scheme moves on site

Urban Realm 14th February 2013

Work to redevelop Edinburgh’s Deaconess House into 315 student bedrooms has begun with main contractor Graham Construction moving on site of the £14.5m build.

Mace Real Estate are progressing the plans after winning approval for a design developed by the Kalyvides Partnership early last year.

The former hospital building dates back to 1894 and will be retained and refurbished whilst ancillary buildings are demolished to make way for three new build housing elements.

These will be arranged around a central courtyard to the rear and will include an amphitheatre, areas of hard and soft landscaping and a part green roof.

Clad in natural stone with powder coated aluminium panels the accommodation will comprise a mixture of studio apartments and 3, 5 and 6 bedroom units, all of which will be run by Edinburgh University upon completion.

Contracts manager at Graham Construction Paul McBurney said: “While Deaconess House isn’t listed, we are treating it as a listed building and will be taking every care to ensure this property is returned to its former glory.

“This will be an interesting construction challenge as we seek to integrate the old with the new and create something which will compliment the surrounding buildings in this historic quarter of Edinburgh.”

Work is expected to conclude by the summer of 2014.

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Looks pretty nice! Would like to see more pictures though! Curious to see how bright it is on the platforms.
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'The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, taken through the new roof at Waverley railway station'

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Hotel plan for top of Leith Walk

Edinburgh Evening News - 15th February, 2013



Plans for a luxury hotel to be built below Calton Hill at the former home of renowned engineer Robert Stevenson are set to be approved.

The A-listed property on Baxter’s Place next to the Playhouse Theatre will be transformed into a 239-bed, four-star hotel complete with public bar and restaurant under the proposals.

Edinburgh City Council’s development management sub-committee is expected to support officers’ recommendations to approve the plans at a meeting next Wednesday.

The forgotten row of Georgian townhouses at the top of Leith Walk holds great historical significance.

Stevenson, grandfather to Scottish novelist and Treasure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson, lived and worked in the property until his death there in 1850.

Robert Stevenson oversaw the development of 20 lighthouses during his time working for the Northern Lighthouse Board.

One of his creations – the Bell Rock Lighthouse off Angus – is rated one of the great feats of 19th-century engineering.

Dublin-based Trendy Celt Limited owns the buildings at 1-5 Baxter’s Place and is working with property developer Chris Stewart Group on the project.

A Chris Stewart Group spokeswoman said the intention was to leave an existing plaque at the site honouring Stevenson’s engineering feats.

The spokeswoman said: “Our plan for Baxter’s Place, if granted, will bring a valuable city centre site of historic significance back into use and is supported by the local community.

“There is an increasing need for hotel accommodation in the Capital. The Chris Stewart Group has a track record in turning complex, historic buildings into contemporary hotels which seamlessly fit with the local architecture.”

The developers have previously transformed a series of three Georgian properties on Waterloo Place into the flagship 180-bed Apex Hotel.

Leith Walk councillor 
Maggie Chapman said she was interested to see how the proposed development took shape, but added: “I am sorry that we will not have something more imaginative than a hotel; I would have much preferred a regeneration proposal that would directly benefit the local communities of Calton and Hillside.”

An empty shop unit at the front of the Baxter’s Place property will be demolished and transformed into an outdoor terrace as part of the plans. A separate existing 1970s rear office building will also be knocked down.

Only two objections to the hotel proposal were submitted during a public consultation stage late last year.

A council report said there would be no adverse effect upon important views to and from Calton Hill.
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Bikers to compete in Grassmarket sprint for Red Bull Hill Chasers

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Edinburgh's historic Grassmarket is to be transformed into an uphill race track for one night.

BMX bikers, mountain bikers, road racers and fixed-gear cyclists will compete in a 170-metre sprint across the Grassmarket and up Victoria Street.

At least 500 bike enthusiasts are expected to compete in Scotland's first Red Bull Hill Chasers challenge on 30 March.

The event is the UK's only multi-discipline uphill cycling race.

The Red Bull Hill Chasers has previously been held in Bristol and Malaysia.

Cyclists will get a chance to race against their heroes, including world-renowned riders Michal Prokop and Jack Pullar.

Racers will take part in an individual, timed hill sprint and the fastest 30 riders from qualifiers will be selected for the main event where they will go up against 10 elite cyclists.

Mr Prokop, three times World Champion four-cross cyclist, said: "I'm really looking forward to visiting Edinburgh for the first time for this year's Red Bull Hill Chasers. The race atmosphere is going to be amazing."

Steve Cardownie, Edinburgh City Council's festival and events champion, said: "Red Bull Hill Chasers is the ultimate 'battle of the bikes' and a great opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to not only test their skills, but to race against top bike athletes from across the UK.

"We're delighted to welcome the event to Scotland for the very first time.

"There's a huge cycling community here and I can think of no better backdrop for this exhilarating challenge than Edinburgh's dramatic Old Town."
Looks like it could be an exciting event.
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Decision due on Leith Walk hotel plan

Urban Realm 18th February 2013

Plans to fashion a 239 bed, four star hotel from three A-listed Georgian townhouses at Baxters Place, Edinburgh, are to be considered by planners on Wednesday.

Trendy Celt Limited and Chris Stewart Group are collaborating on the venture which will entail demolition of a front shop unit to form an outdoor terrace as well as demolition of a 1970s extension to the rear to accommodate a 60,000sq/ft new build extension.

A Chris Stewart Group spokeswoman said: “Our plan for Baxter’s Place, if granted, will bring a valuable city centre site of historic significance back into use and is supported by the local community.

“There is an increasing need for hotel accommodation in the Capital. The Chris Stewart Group has a track record in turning complex, historic buildings into contemporary hotels which seamlessly fit with the local architecture.”

Work on the 3DReid designed scheme, which supplants an earlier 166 bed hotel plan, will take place (subject to approval) through 2013 for completion in late 2014.

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Edinburgh Tram Picture Update

Photos taken in recent months from http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/trams/

Edinburgh Airport tram stop


Tracks between Ingliston tram stop and Gogarburn tram stop.


Gogar tram depot - Gogar Interchange u/c at top of picture


Gyle tram stop u/c


Edinburgh Park Central tram stop


Tracks passing Carrick Knowe golf course


Murrayfield Stadium tram stop u/c


Tracks at Haymarket Yards


Tracks at Haymarket Terrace


Tracks on South St. Andrew Street
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...is that it? Maybe it's just the photo but doesn't look too sheltered.
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...is that it? Maybe it's just the photo but doesn't look too sheltered.
The suggestion on the tram thread was that there would probably always be a tram waiting at the platform so people could board straight away.

What concerns me more is that thanks to BAA's ridiculous long gone 20-million-passengers-a-year mega-masterplan extension plans, the stop is out in the middle of the car parks and requires a walk through the kind of plastic tunnel walkway you'd see at an Aldi or Lidl supermarket, to get to the terminal entrance. Hopefully GIP have a bit more realistic sense and will eventually facilitate an extended line up to the terminal (although I've no idea if the cost would be ridiculous for the length).
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The tracks are looking fantastic! I really hope people get behind the tram system and use it regularly. Do you think they're would be room for expansion like the original plans if this line was a success?
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...is that it? Maybe it's just the photo but doesn't look too sheltered.
This was discussed a few months back. They're supposedly building this beyond the present tram stop:



Though I was at the airport the other week and, as far as I could tell, they haven't started construction on it yet.
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Arts hub plan is binned over cash shortfall

Edinburgh Evening News - 19th February 2013



Plans to create an arts hub at an Old Town gap site have been shelved after the city council and creative organisations failed to find the funds required.

The project had been planned for a temporary car park and run-down warehouse on Market Street, opposite the rear entrance to Waverley Station.

Fine art charity Edinburgh Printmakers had been due to spearhead the arts hub.

The plans will no longer go ahead at 4-8 Market Street, with the parties involved unable to cover the estimated 
£3.1 million cost.

The council’s finance and budget committee is now expected to approve the site’s sale to property development and investment arm EDI Group in a move that will open the location up to commercial developers.

The French consulate has shown strong interest in moving to Market Street.

The gap site has been lying empty since the 1960s and the warehouse, which has been vacant for more than 20 years, was used by the police to store impounded vehicles.

EDI Group operations director Eric Adair said there was a “number” of commercial organisations that had shown interest.

He added: “It’s no secret that the [council] report points out that there is strong interest from the French consulate for part of the site.

“Based on that, ourselves and the council believe that it’s time to try and develop it.

“It’s not the easiest of sites to build on because Cockburn Street effectively runs up the back of it. To put the arts facility in there was going to require a significant amount of money, which none of the arts organisations or the council actually had available.”

Cockburn Street arts bodies Collective and Stills had both shown initial interest in the nearby site, but have since developed alternate plans.

Edinburgh Printmakers director Sarah Price said the organisation would have been stretched trying to meet high rental costs at Market Street.

She said space at the location would also have been tight, preventing them from achieving a desired 1500sqm of floor space.

The agency is investigating a move to the former North British Rubber factory in 
Fountainbridge.

City culture convener Richard Lewis said: “If the proposed move goes ahead, it would bring a derelict listed building back into use through the creation of an exciting new arts facility, benefiting the local community and adding character and vibrancy to the wider redevelopment of 
Fountainbridge.”

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Decision due on Leith Walk hotel plan

Urban Realm 18th February 2013

Plans to fashion a 239 bed, four star hotel from three A-listed Georgian townhouses at Baxters Place, Edinburgh, are to be considered by planners on Wednesday.

Trendy Celt Limited and Chris Stewart Group are collaborating on the venture which will entail demolition of a front shop unit to form an outdoor terrace as well as demolition of a 1970s extension to the rear to accommodate a 60,000sq/ft new build extension.

A Chris Stewart Group spokeswoman said: “Our plan for Baxter’s Place, if granted, will bring a valuable city centre site of historic significance back into use and is supported by the local community.

“There is an increasing need for hotel accommodation in the Capital. The Chris Stewart Group has a track record in turning complex, historic buildings into contemporary hotels which seamlessly fit with the local architecture.”

Work on the 3DReid designed scheme, which supplants an earlier 166 bed hotel plan, will take place (subject to approval) through 2013 for completion in late 2014.

Planners approve hotel renovation

Edinburgh Evening News - 21st February, 2013

The renovation of a historic property at the foot of Calton Hill into a four-star hotel has been given the green light.

Edinburgh City Council’s planning committee yesterday approved plans to turn the property on Baxter’s Place next to the Playhouse Theatre into a 239-bed hotel.

The row of Georgian townhouses at the top of Leith Walk is the former home of renowned engineer Robert 
Stevenson.

Marriott Hotels has been tipped as the likely chain to run the facility.

Developer Chris Stewart said the iconic terrace would be restored to its former glory.
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Chris Hoy hails Edinburgh velodrome plan

Edinburgh Evening News - 21st February, 2013

A major new velodrome could be created under plans to develop a multi-million pound cycling hub in the Capital.

Today the devlopment was welcomed by by the city’s most famous Olympian Sir Chris Hoy.

City chiefs insist the concrete track – set to be laid at Jack Kane Sports Centre – would run year-round alongside a one-kilometre road loop at Hunters Hall Park, with scope to add a BMX circuit in future.

The news has been hailed a “great boost” for Edinburgh cycling following concerns city athletes might eschew the ageing velodrome at Meadowbank in favour of the new state-of-the-art facility in Glasgow.

Sir Chris said: “I’m delighted to hear that a new velodrome and road circuit are being built in my home city of Edinburgh, and very pleased to hear that the council is investing in local sports facilities and in cycling in particular, to provide decent access and facilities for people wanting to get in to the sport. This is great news for Edinburgh and for the future of Scottish sport.”

Investment worth £1.2 million has been ring-fenced for the project – which has yet to be rubber-stamped – and match funding bids are set to be submitted to Sportscotland to finance the hub.

Graham Jones, registrar at Edinburgh RC Cycling Club, said the move was “tremendous” for proponents of the track and road disciplines.

He said: “We have been campaigning for a little while about getting a new facility in Edinburgh.

“We heard about the opportunity at the Jack Kane Centre and we have officers in our club who got involved with the council to explore that. We have been looking for another off-road circuit to hold criteriums [short bike races] similar to what we use at Ingliston.

“It would be a great boost for us because the hire charges at Ingliston have gone up dramatically in recent years. A council facility would be far more cost competitive.”

The proposal comes just weeks after the News reported how a “rigorous consultation” on the future of Meadowbank was under way.

Councillor Richard Lewis, culture and sport convener, said the city was “committing substantial funding” towards improving Edinburgh’s sporting infrastructure, particularly in relation to cycling.

“The phenomenal success enjoyed by Sir Chris Hoy has acted as an inspiration to many and interest in cycling is at an all-time high,” he said. “Our vision is to create a cycling hub which will be accessible all year round.”


Exciting plans for a new velodrome and cycling hub for east Edinburgh come amid concerns about the facilities at Meadowbank.

Meadowbank’s famous wooden velodrome was erected in 1985 by the renowned Schuermann Architects of Germany and it became the launch pad for the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Craig MacLean.

Sir Chris, Britain’s greatest ever Olympian, previously hailed Edinburgh as “one of the great track cities” and called for Meadowbank to be saved.

The city council has allocated £60,000 for an “options assessment” of its future. A working group is being set up to plot a course of action.
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Updated Edinburgh Academical redevelopment plans submitted

Urban Realm - 21st February, 2013



Michael Laird Architects have submitted a revised detailed planning application to redevelop Edinburgh Academicals’ Raeburn Place sports ground, Edinburgh.

The oldest rugby club in Scotland is planning to create a 2,500 seat stadium, clubhouse and museum in addition to a number of retail units fronting Comely Bank Road and Stockbridge.

Adopting a stone façade with glazed pavilions and timber canopy the new-look stadium is intended to promote Scottish Rugby.

Previous plans to redevelop the ground stalled owing to a lack of funding, leaving the club to operate from a series of temporary portacabins.



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