Major Edinburgh headquarters building on land from former terminal of Union Canal. The Scottish Widows building has an Interesting parti of L-shaped block against crescent form with huge atria between. The building uses mixed mode venting and heating.
Distinctive Clashach (scottish sandstone) stone with bronze-coloured curtain walling is used for facades. The Scottish Widows HQ reaches eight-storeys in the crescent and it's distinctive curved roof looks out over Edinburgh like a giant eye: consequently it has become one of Edinburgh's landmarks.
Proposed new buildings by Scottish Widows - as reported earlier this year - incl. cafe, restaurant, courtyard and retained former meat market entry (latterly Fat Sams) and Semple St builidngs, expected to receive permission 12 Oct but jm architects' project for Scottish Widows to the south of the building unerstood to be still under discussion Oct 2005.
Scottish Widows - redevelopment context, Jan 2006: