Construction of a seven-level development, which comprises two interlinked office buildings providing almost 250,000 sq. ft. of ultra-modern Grade A office space in a unique location at the heart of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage site. The two buildings are connected by a double height link bridge and an atrium ‘spine’ that opens up views to Calton Hill and brings light and street level activity deep into the buildings at ground level.
The site bears considerable challenges including overcoming a 40 ft. gradient which runs from the Royal Mile down into the Waverley Valley. This means that both buildings are built into the side of the hill, with the ground floor access into the public plaza on one side becoming the building’s second level further down the slope.
The buildings have a significantly large concrete frame composed of 15,000 cubic metres of concrete, all of which was non pre-fabricated and poured on site. The facades of the completed buildings will be clad in the highest quality Stanton Moor buff sandstone to reflect the unique heritage and environment of their immediate surroundings.
This office development is designed to the highest levels of sustainability and operational efficiency, and the workspace has a contemporary design including extensive green roof gardens providing sweeping views across the Waverley Valley.
The site is situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s “Old Town” and forms part of a World Heritage zone.
Replacing the old Carpark which occupied the site previously, these offices form the first part of the second phase of the New Waverley Development. Sitting just below Calton Hill and a stone’s throw from the famous Royal Mile the offices occupy an ideal position in a bustling destination with excellent connectivity.