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In Meier's footsteps

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The latest cluster of buildings on the Richard Meier-master-planned Edinburgh Park office development has reached completion.

Allan Murray Architects' new 4000m headquarters for spirits manufacturer Diageo (below) forms a trio with other designs by fellow Scottish practices, Lee Boyd Partnership and Page & Park.

But Meier's masterplan for the 225,000m Edinburgh Park office development could be radically altered if new proposals are accepted by the planners.

Surface car parking will be switched underground, the ratio between parking and office space will be halved, footpaths and landscaping will be redesigned and green spaces will be increased. Meier planned for 9000 car spaces. The changes are a reaction to a PFI project to build a high-speed transport link from the city as well as a station on the nearby Edinburgh to Glasgow train line.

Meanwhile 13 of the 20 buildings due to be built on the site 8km west of the city have been completed. Other architects with work already completed include BDP, Bennetts Associates and RMJM.

Associate at Allan Murray Architects, Mark Cousins, said that Meier was a hero in the office and described the new Diageo headquarters as 'one of the most respectful to Meier's original vision on the park'.

Meier called for buildings on the site to avoid pitched roofs and brickwork and instead prescribed a limited palette of materials such as glass, stone and granite.

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