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New Street Bus Station Redevelopment by Mountgrange Capital
22 Mar 2010
Caltongate Development News
ANTA architecture propose an alternative scheme for this hugely controversial site
‘Caltongate’ is one of the most important vacant sites in the City of Edinburgh. The way in which the site will ultimately be developed and occupied will permanently affect the character and functioning of a significant part of the Old Town and have a wider impact on the city. In this context and to stimulate new thinking over the future of the site, Anta Architecture has drawn up an alternative vision – a framework that is adaptable, flexible and closely informed by the urban and architectural patterns that have made Edinburgh one of the most attractive and recognisable cities in the world.
Our proposal is similar to the previous scheme only in terms of overall capacity (floor area). New urban spaces are well defined and enclosed by active frontages, located within a varied and permeable network of pedestrian-friendly streets and wynds.
Arcades provide a unifying element at street level around the main public square. These were once a characteristic feature of the Royal Mile, though only fragments remain today. The Caltongate site has the potential to give a unique sense of the shelter and vitality that the arcades were once famous for, where shops, restaurants and bars will naturally flourish. Many of Edinburgh’s most celebrated thoroughfares have terminated vistas and the central street of the proposal, which also has arcaded sections, is aligned with the powerful feature of Nelson’s Monument on Calton Hill.
The architectural treatment proposed is colourful and traditional with a pallet of simple materials and repeatable elements, similar to the work of Begg, Hurd, and Spence in the High St. A number of different architects working collaboratively within an agreed template or building code can achieve a degree of variety whilst ensuring harmony and continuity across the site, with controlled contrasts and juxtapositions.
Over the past two years conventional models of speculative development have been fundamentally challenged by global economics, and proposals for many large sites are being redrawn in favour of more varied development plots and building types, according to principles of sustainable, traditional urbanism.
It is hoped that this alternative proposal may help to encourage a new spirit of collaboration between citizens, investors and future occupants. Whilst uncertainty remains over the future of the site, we have a collective responsibility to continue visioning how we might best extend the creative life of the city into this urban vacuum, and rise to the challenge of completing one of Edinburgh’s last great pieces of empty canvas.
Contact: ANTA Architecture, Fearn, Tain, Ross – T 01862 850 100
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James Simpson condemned the Caltongate project, saying it would damage Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. James Simpson said demolishing the tenement would be against policies and guidance of Historic Scotland and the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust. 30 Aug 2007
Edinburgh’s new city council leader describes latest Caltongate proposals for the site between Jeffrey St and Market St as ‘grotesque and hideous…pretty gross’. It’s not only Jenny Dawe that seems hot and bothered: vitriolic comments (some clearly crazy) abound on the Evening News forum as the Anti-Caltongate campaign [Save Our Old Town group] seems to gain yet more strength. It seems like the whole debate that erupted re Allan Murray Architects’ proposals for this site (for EDI) has reignited. 220507
Caltongate project context : Edinburgh City Council HQ
CDA – with Allan Murray Architects – competition win for New St Bus Station redevelopment announced at last: £150m scheme for Mountgrange Capital. The proposal replaces previous Gensler / Hackland & Dore Calton Gate scheme for Cuckfield
North Canongate Infant School is listed, known as Canongate Venture these days, built by Robert Wilson 1900-01. Also listed: 221-227 Canongate 1930’s tenements, part of the pioneering work at 221-229 Canongate by E J MacRae.
Caltongate development context : Edinburgh Old Town
Calton Gate – Gensler Architects
Caltongate buildings context : Calton Road
Caltongate masterplan architects : Allan Murray Architects
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