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A+DS raises Haymarket concerns for third time

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Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) has refused to back Richard Murphy Architects’ (RMA) Haymarket development in Edinburgh for the third time.

The project is the biggest the practice has ever undertaken, and despite two previous design reviews, A+DS will still not throw its weight behind the ambitious scheme.

Backed by Tiger Developments, RMA worked as masterplanner for the site and is redesigning the exterior of three office buildings, while designing a new 180-bed, five-star hotel.

But A+DS has concerns over the design and the location of the landmark building.

The report said: ‘We do not think that the approach that is currently being taken will deliver the scale and quality of space that is required to establish the Haymarket as a successful urban place, and in this respect have particular concerns about the design and location of the landmark building.

‘In order to achieve this, the designs need to be developed within the context of a strategy for the wider area.’

Richard Murphy said the scheme was going through the 'usual planning process' but refused to comment further.

To read the full report visit: http://www.ads.org.uk/what_we_do/design_review/reports/215_morrison-street-goods-yard-mixed-use-development-edinburgh

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