Lochrin Square

The redevelopment of the Scotmid site at Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, cleverly mixed the traditional with the new.

Location:  Edinburgh
Client: Gladedale Capital
Cost: £17m
Completion: November 2007

The existing baronial facade of the old Scotmid Headquarters Building on Fountainbridge was retained and underpinned, and the curved brickwork facade to the rear of the old building was reconstructed to reinforce the industrial heritage of the site, and define the route of the old Forth-Clyde Canal that crossed the site.

A new reinforced concrete basement was formed to accommodate car parking, plant, and storage. Two new modern office buildings are to be constructed above the basement with one of the buildings being formed behind the retained facade. A new open courtyard is formed between the buildings creating a bright and airy public space.

The new steel framed buildings utilise cell form beams to create clear open plan modern office space complementing the modern architectural design, and maximising let able floor area.

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