Edinburgh Walking Tours since 2001, in the Scottish Capital
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Updates from our latest walking tour in the Scottish capital for 3 separate Scandinavian architectural groups.
Our most popular Edinburgh Walking Tour is the Old Town: we look at contemporary architecture within the context of the historic environment, with information on buildings + architects. The Old Town tour typically takes 3 hours.
One of the Capital’s most prominent footbridges will be torn down to make way for the new £850 m St James Quarter development, reports the Edinburgh Evening News today. The wavy steel and glass crossing over Leith Street is most likely destined for the scrapyard but it is understood the door has been left open for a its relocation elsewhere.
In the autumn of 2012 Bergmark Architects, leading a multi-disciplinary team, won a competitive bid to design and deliver two extensions to student housing complexes in the centre of Edinburgh; at Sciennes and Robertson’s Close.
Photos of demolition underway on this site for a £75m speculative office, retail and residential development in Edinburgh city centre. The building is for Standard Life Investments Pooled Pension Property Fund and joint venture partner Peveril Securities.
The demolition phase of this major New Town development is expected to last for 6 months with overall completion planned for Q4 2016.
Photos of the Market Street building demolition progress for this major Old Town redevelopment.
The £150m Caltongate development was approved after more than a decade of controversy and planning hurdles. It is a leisure, retail and office development covering a total area of around 220,000 sqft built on a derelict 5-acre gap site in central Edinburgh.
South African backers Artisan Real Estate Investors began construction of the site this summer with the first of the buildings on the site ready by around Christmas 2015.
George Square architecture photographs from 14 Sep, featuring Edinburgh University Library by Sir Basil Spence + Glover & Ferguson and the Hume Tower by Robert Matthew, architect – Johnson-Marshall & Partners
St Giles Cathedral is one of Edinburgh’s best known land marks, right at the heart of Midlothian, on The Royal Mile.
In the 16th century, the High Kirk of St Giles under John Knox, was the fountain of the Scottish Reformation and today is known throughout the world as the ‘Mother Church of Presbyterianism’.
St Giles remains the focus of State, national and civic occasions as well as being one of Scotland’s top ten visitor attractions, registering close to half a million visitors each year.
Quartermile buildings + spaces: images of key architecture around this developing site, taken on 14 Sep 2014
Edinburgh’s Quartermile urban regeneration scheme is poised to benefit from a £170 m investment from its new owner in a bid to drive the development forward. Construction at the 19-acre site largely ground to a halt during the property crash of 2008-9, but a recent upturn in activity means property investor Moorfield, which bought the project from Lloyds-backed developer Gladedale Capital at the end of September, is hopeful of finalising work in 2017.
The Old Town in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh.
The area has preserved much of its medieval street plan – with a main spine in a herringbone pattern – and many Reformation-era buildings. It is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Key buildings in the Old Town include St. Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament Building, Holyrood Palace, the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland, the National Museum of Scotland and the Old College of the University of Edinburgh.
New photos of The Scottish National Portrait Gallery
The SNPG recently underwent an ambitious £17.6m restoration project with an entirely new presentation of its world-famous collection. The project – the first major refurbishment in the Gallery’s 120-year history – restored much of the architect’s original vision, opening up previously inaccessible parts of the building and increasing the public space by more than 60 percent.