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42 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

Former Royal Bank of Scotland offices, New Town, Scotland

42 St Andrew Square Edinburgh

Date: 1942

Architects: Arthur Davis (London) / Leslie Grahame-Thomson (Edinburgh)

42 St Andrew Square
photo © Adrian Welch

No. 42 To Let
Ukio Bankas Investment Group to try and rent out former RBS headquarters at 42 St Andrew Square and its old offices at 38-52 West Register Street as offices while he waits for planning permission to transform them. Purchased by the Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov for around £20m in 2007 the intention is for a mix of hotel and retail. Certainly a hotel makes sense for the imposing No.42.

A spokesman stated “We are working with top hotel brands, architects and consultants and all involved are determined to deliver a project which will maintain the strategic importance of 42 St Andrew Square. This is a massive project for us and we want to ensure we get it right.”

View of No.42 building from southeast, adj. Cafe Royal:
RBS St Andrew Square
photo © Adrian Welch

Former RBS HQ prior to completion of Gogarburn. Severe symmetrical neoclassical building built of Darney stone from Northumbria. At 90 ft high its bold ashlar form dominates the southeastern corner of St Andrew Square.

Main frontage onto St Andrew Square:
42 St Andrew Square
photo © Adrian Welch

Unlike the beautiful Bryce facade next door No.42’s austere and dominant facade in many ways symbolises ‘banking’. Arthur Davis worked for London architects Mewes & Davis and had designed for the Westminster Bank their HQ and Threadneedle St Branch (winner of the RIBA Medal for that year) both in London.

View showing bridge from No.42 (off camera to right):
42 St Andrew Square
photo © Adrian Welch

Main frontage onto St Andrew Square:
St Andrew Square building
photo © Adrian Welch

The building immediately to the north is the Bank of Scotland, the former British Linen Bank, set on the street edge, by David Bryce.

No. 36 St Andrew Square is an RBS branch office. The Royal Bank of Scotland acquired Dundas Mansion – 36 St Andrew Square – in 1825 for use as their headquarters, and later extended to the rear of the building.

To the north of Dundas Mansion is 35 St Andrew Square, one of the oldest buildings in the New Town, being refurbished by Michael Laird Architects in 2006, completing early 2007

To the north of this building is Harvey Nichols

Central to St Andrew Square is the Melville Monument atop which is the stone statue of Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville.

The Edinburgh Grand – St Andrew Square Development
The Edinburgh Grand
image from developer
The Edinburgh Grand at St Andrew Square




42 St Andrew Square
photo © Adrian Welch

The Royal Bank of Scotland was set up by Royal Charter in 1727, unlike the older Bank of Scotland which was established by an Act of the Scottish Parliament (before the Act of Union) in 1695.

St Andrew Square : buildings
St Andrew Square
photograph © Adrian Welch




Register House
General Register House
photo © Adrian Welch

Royal Bank of Scotland

Jenners
Jenners
photo © Adrian Welch

Scottish Parliament

Hotel Missoni

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