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Offering clarifications on Edinburgh projects

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With reference to the article ( AJ 14.10.99) 'Dancing the Scottish Heritage Tune',I would like the opportunity to corect the inaccuracies reported.

Comprehensive Design prepared all ofthe designs for the reconstruction of129 and 130 Princes Street,Edinburgh and the properties were not refurbished but completely rebuilt behind the original facades with a new trading basement floor.

Our practice obtained planning and listed building consent for the project,including the retention and restoration ofan original Victorian shopfront and the creative proposal to reinstate the original rooflight.During this process,we had close contact with Historic Scotland and Edinburgh Council Planning Department and on completion we received a gratifying acknowledgement from historic Scotland on the efforts made.

Note too that HMV did not acquire the property;the owners is Abbey Life.

HMV was a tenant in No 129 before the re-development and is now the tenant of the enlarged building.

David Hannah,Comprehensive Design,Edinburgh

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