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Make’s Forth Ports scheme criticised again

Architecture + Design Scotland (A+DS) is still unhappy with Make’s proposals for a dock-side office block in Edinburgh, despite modifications to the design

The watchdog reviewed Make’s initial proposals for the building on Ocean Drive last June. In a second report, published this month, it welcomed the changes that had been made but said there were still outstanding issues.

It was particularly concerned about the building’s relationship with the surrounding area and said it was ‘critical’ a masterplan was drawn up to establish the context for this and other developments within the wider outline framework drawn up by RMJM.

Part of the building will house Forth Ports’ headquarters, but the intention is that it acts as catalyst for further development in the area. In this context, A+DS thought it important that issues such as public access, car parking, landscaping and development height be clarified.

It also questioned Make’s depiction of the building’s height in some of the practice’s three-dimensional drawings.

The report also criticised the car parking access, which is across a pedestrian walkway, and suggested a new area be found for car parking nearby. Make had suggested a stacked parking system within the building, but A+DS said it would be better to fund somewhere else in the local area to use for parking. 

Make refused to comment. 

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