George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Buildings, Photos, Architects, Scottish History, Images

George IV Bridge Edinburgh

Historic Old Town Buildings off Royal Mile: Photographs, Lothian, South East Scotland

George IV Bridge

28 Feb 2016 – new photograph of this George IV Bridge building taken by architect Adrian Welch:

George IV Bridge building

George IV Bridge building – National Library of Scotland
Dates built: 1934-39; 1950-55
Design: Reginald Fairle Architect; A.R.Conlon Architect

View of principal (west) facade from northwest:
National Library of Scotland
photo © adrian welch 2006

George IV Bridge library – Edinburgh Library building
Edinburgh Library building
photo © adrian welch 2006

Missoni Hotel Edinburgh
George IV Bridge hotel : Hotel Development
Progress shot of building demolition, 180207:
George IV building
building photo © adrian welch 160207

Rezidor SAS hotel group (a subsidiary of SAS Group – Radisson Hotels) is to be the operator of the 136 bed hotel.
architects: Allan Murray; developers: Kilmartin Property Group
Construction is due to commence in 2006 for completion in 2008.
Brodie’s Close, 302-304 Lawnmarket / 59-63 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh:
Mixed-use development with hotel, bars, restaurant, retail, bank, leisure facilities and associated ancillary offices, services and parking. Submitted for planning 2005.
This development was controversial at inception but like many new buildings in the city centre it is not really much commented on anymore, however no doubt some may still fee it doesn’t fit in with its scale and clean styling. It was even nominated for a Carbuncle Cup Award, a prize run by Building Design magazine in London (BD).

George IV Bridge building, now demolished : Lothian Regional Council HQ
Date built: 1968
Design: Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)
Lothian Regional Council HQ
south facade detail – photo © adrian welch
A rather severe building that didn’t really chime with the surrounding sandstone buildings, especially the narrow-feued Royal Mile buildings. Mick Duncan was an architect on the building and the author talked with him about it around 2003 whilst working on the Scottish Parliament Building (a joint design by EMBT and RMJM).