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Edinburgh Park prize for Campbell and Arnott

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Campbell and Arnott has clinched a cheque for £5,000 and the commission to design a new £2 million office building for what will be the final piece in the jigsaw of the Richard Meier-planned Edinburgh Park first phase.

The practice triumphed ahead of 76 teams from around Scotland in the national competition, which was devised by the business park's developer New Edinburgh, a partnership between the Miller Group and the EDI Group.

Campbell and Arnott's 'exuberant' winning scheme for the 1,860m 2naturally ventilated building features separate vertical circulation; a transparent box connected to the main building by a glass linkway; an entrance through a courtyard under a canopy of trees; and water, trees and grid elements to tie in with the themes of much of the park. The speculative building also has a marketing suite for New Edinburgh on the top floor which boasts roof terraces and panoramic views to the first 16-building phase of the park, and south towards a possible site for an additional phase. That 250,000m 2phase is subject to a planning inquiry, however, called because of its size and transport matters. The inquiry finished a fortnight ago and New Edinburgh hopes to have a result on that by April. A 'mini-phase' of four new buildings totalling 22,000m 2called Lochside View is also now under construction.

The winning scheme was chosen ahead of a team from Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop in second place (below, opposite page), which picked up £2,000; and a team from Reiach & Hall headed by Peter Anderson, which won £1,000 (below). The panel of judges included broadcaster Sheena McDonald, Gareth Hoskins and Piers Gough.

Gough said the winning design was chosen unanimously because it provided a 'subtle transition' between the park's two phases, strongly holding the edge of the site. 'The whole building is organised in a clever fashion, with the lift and stair separated by a thin glass wall, interesting circulation and dynamic views from the marketing suite, ' he said.

'Overall, the architectural language was exuberant with reticent detail, providing a new development of language of the park.' New Edinburgh hopes to submit a planning application before the summer.

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