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Princes Exchange, Edinburgh

Tollcross Office Development, Edinburgh – design by PJMP, Scotland

Princes Exchange Edinburgh

Location: Earl Gray St / Lauriston Place, Tollcross
Design: PJMP Architects

Address: 1 Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9EE

Princes Exchange, Tollcross, Edinburgh by PJMP – Percy Johnson-Marshall & Ptrs, Edinburgh for the Bank of Scotland – BOS & the Teesland Group

Princes Exchange Edinburgh
photo © adrian welch sep 2006 with lumix camera

Princes Exchange stands guard over a major entry to Edinburgh’s city centre. It faces the south-west to the Tollcross junction and beyond up to Bruntsfield. It has similarities with other major city traffic nodes. Like the Top of Leith Walk and the Haymarket interchanges it revitalises a site that has been empty for many (25) years, it forms a landmark at a historic traffic interchange complete with old clock.

Princes Exchange
Princes Exchange Edinburgh: image from PJMP Architects

Designed by PJMP, the Princes Exchange won the award for best new commercial project in Scotland for 2001. The Princes Exchange pulls back from the junction using a bowed frontage framed by strong corner blocks and a raised plateau. Entry to the underground car park is by way of neat little angled blocks that integrate with the stepped hard landscaping.

Tollcross, Edinburgh
Princes Exchange, Edinburgh: image from PJMP Architects

The Princes Exchange palette is mostly silvered cladding panels set against green-tinted glazing. Office accommodation is set either side of an axial atrium with views on the upper floors back into the city and its Castle.

PJMP Architects : Princes Exchange Information

An acclaimed design by Percy Johnson-Marshall & Partners (PJMP) has helped Teesland Group to secure the Commercial Development of the Year award at the recent ceremony held in Edinburgh for the Scottish Property Awards.

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Princes Exchange Edinburgh: image from PJMP Architects

PJMP designed the ground-breaking Princes Exchange development in Edinburgh, which won the award for best new commercial project in Scotland. The judges remarked it was a “landmark building and an important gateway to the city” and it had “revitalised a site that has been empty for 25 years”.

The category was open to any Scottish office, retail or leisure/mixed use project completed in the year 2000. Developers, agents, architects, owners and contractors were able to enter, with the judges looking for, a full description of the project and its background, the quality of construction and finishes, how well the scheme made use of the site and whether or not it has helped revitalise an area or improve property value.

Peter Bowman, Managing Director of PJMP added, “PJMP had to ensure that the design fitted the historical significance of such a high profile gap site. Any development would bound to receive wide public interest because of its location and the fact the land has been vacant for decades. The competition was tough but PJMP were delighted to be associated with the award”.

The Scottish Property Awards were organised by Property Week magazine and were hosted by TV personality Clive Anderson. The event was held at Cromdale Hall at theEdinburgh International Conference Centre.

PJMP Architects: Princes Exchange – Building information 25 Jul 2001

Background to Percy Johnson-Marshall (now PJMP Architects)
Percy Johnson-Marshall was an urban designer, regional planner and educator who embraced 20th century theories of human spatial organisation and postwar reconstruction. Johnson-Marshall was employed as an architect in both public and private sectors, and in both further and higher education.

Percy Johnson-Marshall
born 1915, India; died 1993, Edinburgh.

Percy Johnson-Marshall began his career as a planner in 1936. In 1959 Johnson-Marshall began a career with the University of Edinburgh Department of Architecture, first as Senior Lecturer and then, in 1964, as Professor of Urban Design and Regional Planning with his own department within Sir Robert Matthew’s School of the Built Environment (1967). Percy Johnson-Marshall was a director of the Architecture Research Unit (1961-1964) and founder of the Planning Research Unit – PRU (1962). The PRU was involved in the preparation of regional plans including those for the Lothians, Grangemouth-Falkirk, and the Scottish Borders.

Percy Johnson-Marshall and Associates was launched in 1962 with the commission as planning consultants to the University of Edinburgh for its Comprehensive Development Area. PJMP projects include master plans for Sao Paulo, Porto, and Islamabad, reports for the Scottish Development Department, and redevelopment schemes in UK towns such as Edinburgh, Kilmarnock and Salford.

Background to Teesland
Teesland Group is a property fund and asset management company specialising in indirect property investment vehicles.

Fully listed on the London Stock Exchange since 2002, Teesland are an earnings-based business with offices in London, Leeds and Edinburgh. Key Teesland clients include HBOS, Hermes, Henderson, Insight Investments and the Scarborough Group.

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