Councillors have backed plans by Dixon Jones to build out an unfinished section of a business park near Edinburgh masterplanned by Richard Meier more than 20 years ago
City of Edinburgh Council’s development management subcommittee granted consent to the first half of a scheme that will eventually cover 17ha of the US architect’s Edinburgh Park, effectively creating a new city extension.
Developer Parabola is working with a number of big-name practices, including Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, to create about 90,000m2 of office space and 1,800 homes, as well as shops, bars, restaurants, leisure and sport facilities, an energy centre and two multistorey car parks.
Edinburgh Park was masterplanned by Richard Meier in the early 1990s (pictured below) but was never fully completed. Dixon Jones was appointed in 2014 to review the undeveloped portion. Now detailed approval has been given to phase one of this scheme, covering the majority of the non-residential elements.
AHMM has drawn up plans for seven office buildings, which planning officers described as ‘generally of high quality’.
They added: ‘This expansion will create a strong sense of place by establishing a new phase of commercial development.’
The park benefits from distant views of the Pentland Hills and Arthur’s Seat as well as a tram line that runs through its heart.
Dixon Jones is working on an application for the second stage of the development, which will include the homes and some further commercial and retail facilities.
Sutherland Hussey Harris is working on the affordable housing portion of this later stage, while Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands has done some early residential feasibility studies for certain plots.
Project Edinburgh Park redevelopment phase one
Type of project Commercial/leisure
Masterplan Dixon Jones
Architects Dixon Jones, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Landscape architect Gross Max
Planning consultant Pritchett Planning Consultancy
Structural engineer Woolgar Hunter
M&E consultant Hulley & Kirkwood
Quantity surveyor Gardiner & Theobald
Planning supervisor Gardiner & Theobald
Lighting consultant Hulley & Kirkwood
Main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine
Completion date Phase 1 due to complete in 2020
Gross internal floor area 81,800 m² commercial
Form of contract Design and build