London Property Developer Bellhouse Joseph, Forth Ports, Edinburgh Waterfront

News April 1 – 7 2002

Tallest buildings in Scotland

News in early April 2002

Leith Partner
Bellhouse Joseph
picture from the architect
Speculation is mounting that London-based property developer Bellhouse Joseph is to take a 10% stake in Forth Ports’ ambitious plans for the redevelopment of three sites at Edinburgh’s waterfront

Fenton Tower to open
Simpson & Brown Architects’ £2m historic tower restoration
Fenton Tower

New Town Options
The plot thickens as farmers James Miller sr, of Kilduff and Charles Russell of Muirton have given developers Glassedin Estates options on around 400 ha of land around Drem: Blindwells page

New Town Traffic
George Street – plans to pedestrianise the road by Edinburgh City Council, banning cars on Princes Street and giving pedestrians priority on other routes, including George Street.

New for Leith: Tallest buildings in Scotland
Office Tower and Flats Tower, Leith, by Sir Terry Farrell
Edinburgh’s Leith docks are set to become a mini-Manhattan with Scotland’s two tallest buildings and a Guggenheim museum. Forth Ports has revealed plans to build two 35-storey towers as part of the regeneration of Leith port’s Edinburgh Harbour. The company is also in discussions with the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation about building a museum at the port. The two towers would stretch 420 feet into the air, making them three feet taller than the Millennium Tower at Glasgow’s Science Centre – currently Scotland’s tallest structure. They will dwarf Scotland’s previous tallest buildings, the 31-storey flats in Bluevale Street and Whitevale Street in Glasgow’s Gallowgate, which are both 298 feet tall 31.03.02

St Andrew’s Square Retail Development
New images of the £30m Harvey Nichols development

With the prospect of the new Harvey Nichols, revamped John Lewis and Jenners, a £100m Greenside Place leisure and retail development combined with the possibility of the Waverley roof development, Frasers no longer seems to see a bright future in remaining at what is increasingly looking like being the “wrong end” of town.
House of Fraser is searching for a new city-centre home.

RBS Exodus?
St James Centre
photograph © Adrian Welch
The Royal Bank of Scotland proposed move to a new world headquarters at Gogarburn could open the door for several key buildings in Edinburgh’s city centre to be converted for retail use. Martin Hulse, the director of the Cockburn Association, has called on Edinburgh to examine the possibility of re-using some of the bank’s 18 city centre administration buildings, many of which will be vacant if the move to Gogarburn goes ahead in four years’ time

GPO: Scaffold goes up
First we had Canongate, then CaltonGate; now we have…WaverleyGate: GPO

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omni edinburgh
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Calton Hill
Calton Hill
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