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St Andrew Square Buildings : Architecture Information

New Town Buildings, Edinburgh, Scotland

10 May 2012

RBS St Andrew Square

RBS St Andrew Square Building News

The former Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters in Edinburgh could be turned into a hotel or department store. Documents lodged with City of Edinburgh Council by consultants acting on behalf of the bank reportedly reveal it is considering putting forward the St Andrew Square site for development.

St Andrew Square
picture from MLA

The plans could also see the bank’s former HQ developed into private homes. It is believed the bank is putting the building forward for redevelopment to coincide with the overhaul of the nearby St James Centre. Another suggestion would see the development used to help create links between the St James Centre and St Andrew Square.

42 St Andrew Square former RBS HQ prior to completion of Gogarburn
42 St Andrew Square
photo © Adrian Welch, Feb 2008
Due to be developed, possibly as a hotel – proposals first made in 2008.

St Andrew Square Building

Solar Pavilion

Designed by Karen Forbes for Edinburgh Art Festival

4 Aug – 4 Sep 2011

Admission free

Karen Forbes
Solar Pavilion by Karen Forbes for Edinburgh Art Festival
Karen Forbes
Solar Pavilion (visualization), 2011
Courtesy the artist and Glo

Edinburgh Art Festival is delighted to announce further details of the first artist-designed Festival Pavilion. Situated in St. Andrew Square Gardens, Solar Pavilion is a 2.8 metre high, 14 metre long glass structure formed from 9 segments. Designed by Karen Forbes with leading structural engineers Buro Happold and RMJM architectural practice, the Pavilion is a contemporary expression of the city’s long fascination with optics and optical devices for viewing. The pavilion will open to the public on 4 August 2011 and will host a series of free events throughout the festival in partnership with the city’s museums and galleries.

Solar Pavilion by Karen Forbes for Edinburgh Art Festival Solar Pavilion by Karen Forbes for Edinburgh Art Festival Solar Pavilion by Karen Forbes for Edinburgh Art Festival Solar Pavilion by Karen Forbes for Edinburgh Art Festival
Karen Forbes
Solar Pavilion (visualization), 2011
Courtesy the artist and Glo

At the intersection of art and architecture, and at the heart of the city where Sir David Brewster invented the Kaleidoscope and dedicated a life to exploring the physics of light, Forbes’ glass chamber will use the latest technology in glass facade engineering to create a space which will celebrate the play of light and shadow. Forbes’ innovative structure will invite visitors to both enjoy a point of contemplation and reflection in the centre of the festival city and provide an optical viewing point from which to re-see the city. 12 + 13 Jul

St Andrew Square – New Kiosk

The Pavilion was designed by Gillespies (Landscape Architectural Company, based in Glasgow) as part of the redevelopment of the Square.

St Andrew Square Kiosk St Andrew Square
photos © lee boyd may 2008

The tenancy of the pavilion was an open competition to coffee retailers and Edinburgh registered company, Coffee Republic, won with a design concept by lee boyd.

St Andrew Square
aerial image © webbaviation

‘String of Pearls’ project – View

It’s easy to criticise such projects as the opening up of this formerly private square, but this initiative is both bold and well executed. Opening on 5th of April the stone landscaping was already being used for seating, with the cafe pavilion providing a focus and gentle bustle. The paths follow natural desire lines and the design is neat and unpretentious.

Many tours we’ve shown round the New Town over the years have been amazed that St Andrew Square, Charlotte Square, Queen Street Gardens, Moray Place, etc. are all reserved for lucky locals. This is not how a city should work. St Andrew Square now represents a bold and successful attempt to repopulate Scotland’s capital city, allow permeability and reconnect the people with what should have always been public space.

St Andrew Square St Andrew Square
photos © adrian welch feb 2008 with lumix camera

The next space to be given back to pedestrians is the Grassmarket, another positive initiative. Thereafter the logical next step is to demand Charlotte Square is given back to the city. In the meantime the Council should remove the locked gates at the bridge behind the Ross Bandstand: this daft situation destroys permeability right in the heart of the city – you have to go to either end of the Gardens just to go from Old to New Town or vice versa.

Background to St Andrew Square Revitalisation

Underway in St Andrew Square since Jul 2007: opening up the square to the public & connecting burgeoning St James / Multrees Walk areas with city centre: clearing of foliage, new paths and some micro architecture. String of Pearls Edinburgh Development Framework by City of Edinburgh Council + Broadway Malyan

Caledonian Insurance Company building
Caledonian Insurance Company building
building: photo © adrian welch sep 2006

St Andrew Square – Scottish Provident building
Scottish Provident building
building: photo © adrian welch sep 2006
St Andrew Square buildings : gareth hoskins architects + CDA

St Andrew Square – Melville Monument
Melville Monument
statue / column photo © Adrian Welch Sep 2006

St Andrew Square Department Store – Harvey Nichols
St Andrew Square Department Store
picture from Store PR

St Andrew Square offices
St Andrew Square offices
picture from the architect
Standard Life building

35 St Andrew Square
35 St Andrew Square
photo © adrian welch 230207
One of the oldest buildings in the New Town, being refurbished in 2006

RBS St Andrew Square – Dundas Mansion, western focus to Edinburgh New Town’s long axis.

St Andrew Square Retail / Commercial property – Basil Spence, architect
St Andrew Square building
building: photo © adrian welch sep 2006

St Andrew Square bank : Bank of Scotland HQ, east side of St Andrew’s Square
David Bryce, Edinburgh
building: photo © adrian welch 2005

Multrees Walk off St Andrew Square to east adj. Harvey Nichols

Aerial view:
St Andrew Square
picture from the architect

Central to St Andrew Square is the Melville Monument atop which is the stone statue of Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville

Prudential Assurance building – 14 South st Andrew St, by Alfred Waterhouse 1895
Prudential Assurance building
photo © adrian welch 230207

Looking east down George Street to St Andrew Square:
St Andrew Square
building: photo © adrian welch 2006

St Andrew Square context – Scottish Portrait Gallery
Scottish Portrait Gallery
building: photo © adrian welch sep 2006

St Andrew Square – office building – photographed from north (rear) side:
St Andrew Square office building
building: photo © adrian welch 2006

Former Scottish Equitable offices, St Andrew Square:
St Andrew Square Offices
photograph © adrian welch nov2007

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