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Edinburgh Old Town gets new street

Allan Murray Architects (AMA) has unveiled these images of plans to build the first new street in Edinburgh's Old Town since the 19th century.

The competition-winning Calton Gate scheme will link Waverley Valley to the new parliament, as well as creating a mixed-use 'quarter' within the Scottish capital's historic heart.

The £180 million redevelopment will feature a new urban square lined with shops, cafés and cultural spaces. There are also proposals for a 200-bed five-star hotel as well as offices, artists' studios and nearly 300 homes on the 5.2-acre site - most of which was once the New Street bus depot.

Developed for Mountgrange Capital, it is envisaged that a number of different architects will design the individual buildings within AMA's masterplan.

The practice aims to submit a 'phased' planning application over the next year and hopes to gain final planning approval by mid 2006.

by Richard Waite

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