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Edinburgh Quay EQ1 Apartments + Offices

Lochrin Basin – Quay Redevelopment design by Michael Laird Architects, Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Quay Fountainbridge Apartments + Offices
image from Miller Development

Edinburgh Quay Offices

Edinburgh Quay, Fountainbridge

Developers: Miller Developments and British Waterways

Design: Michael Laird Architects

Edinburgh Quay Award

Architecture information via Beattie Communications 29 Jun 2005

Edinburgh Quay Voted Best Regeneration Project In Scotland

Edinburgh Quay Ltd, the landmark £60 million mixed-use scheme at Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, has been voted the Best Regeneration project in Scotland at the Scottish Design Awards 2005.

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Edinburgh Quay Apartments Jan 2006 by Adrian Welch

Michael Laird Architects beat off strong competition from across Scotland to pick up the award for the successful first phase of the project.

Edinburgh Quay Scottish Property Cargo Bar Office Buildings, Commercial
images © Paul Zanre, from Michael Laird Architects

Pamela Grant, Edinburgh Quay Ltd, said: ‘We’re delighted that Edinburgh Quay has won the award. From the very beginning the project has been complex, however the excellent design coupled with our development expertise has resulted in the transformation of Fountainbridge. Edinburgh Quay is leading the way in urban regeneration in Scotland.’

‘Together we have delivered fantastic office, leisure and residential accommodation in a unique canal side environment in the heart of Edinburgh.’

Edinburgh Quay
aerial image from Michael Laird Architects

Jeremy Scott, Design Director, Michael Laird Architects, said: ‘Picking up this award is a great tribute to the team. Our expertise and ability has enabled us to deliver architecture which complements and enhances the surrounding environment.’

Edinburgh Quay Ltd is a joint venture between Miller Developments and British Waterways. The mixed-use development consists of 82,000sqft grade A office accommodation, 31,577sqft quality licensed premises and 20 first class residential apartments constructed around the eastern terminus of the Union Canal in the centre of Edinburgh. The development has acted as a catalyst for the regeneration of Fountainbridge and is positioned in the centre of the masterplan which, once fulfilled, will reinvigorate the area.

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Cargo Bar – exterior images © Adrian Welch sep 2006

Edinburgh Quay anticipates that the construction of phase 2, which will see the incorporation of an additional 60,000 sqft of quality office accommodation, will commence this year.

The Scottish Design Awards began in 1998 and is run in conjunction with The Drum and Prospect Magazines

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Edinburgh Quay © Adrian Welch Sep 2006

The office accommodation at this development is now 75% let with only 18,294 sqft remaining and two of the six leisure units are occupied. Festival Inns, occupy unit 1 and Zizzi, part of ASK Restaurants, occupies unit 5. The remaining office accommodation and leisure units are generating interest within the market and additional lets are expected shortly.

Lochrin Basin – Fountainbridge canalside development, completed Dec 2004

Lochrin Basin, EH1 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh Michael Laird & Partners Fountainbridge
images © Paul Zanre, from Michael Laird Architects

Edinburgh Quay (EQ) is a mixed-use waterfront development adjoining the financial ‘Exchange’ district. Planning permission was granted for the first phase which will provide 11,000 sqm of offices in two phases, 3145 sqm of leisure, and 62 residential apartments. The Quay development was renamed EQ1 in late 2004.

Lochrin Basin Michael Laird & Partners Edinburgh Canal
commercial property images © Paul Zanre, from Michael Laird Architects

EQ went on site in Sep 2002 and the first phase – EQ1 – should be complete by Mar 2004. The first phase comprises:-

1 Edinburgh Quay – headquarters building providing 6,099 sqm of accommodation planned over five main levels and three penthouse floors.
2 Quayside House – providing 1,468 sqm of accommodation on two floors.
3 Seven restaurants totalling to 2608 sqm plus 20 luxury apartments.

Fountainbridge, Edinburgh Michael Laird Architects MLA Edinburgh
Housing + Cargo Details © Paul Zane, from Michael Laird Architects

Edinburgh Quay Michael Laird & Partners Lochrin Basin, Edinburgh
Tower photos Sep 2004 by Adrian Welch

Fountainbridge Building
East Block Sep 2004 by Adrian Welch

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Lochrin Basin images provided by Michael Laird & Partners

Website – www.live-work-relax.com

Cargo Bar

The Clubhouse bar and restaurant – opened 2007
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Embark restaurant – opened 2006
2 Fountainbridge Square, 0131 222 4898

Apartments by Mill X – Applecross + Miller Homes
EQ1 Website: www.eqone.co.uk

Edinburgh Quay 2
Fountainbridge – in progress

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exterior image from Michael Laird Architects

Edinburgh Quay Phase Two

Edinburgh Quay Phase Two

The second phase of Edinburgh Quay (EQ) will complete the development by constructing the A1 and A6 buildings which face the main Fountainbridge and western boundaries respectively.

Edinburgh Quay Phase Two comprises 75,000 sq.ft of mainly office accommodation arranged over six floors from Basement (-1) up to Fourth floor, to be constructed on top of the concrete podium which was built as part of the first phase. The structural frame will be primarily of concrete, with external finishes of aluminium curtain walling, rainscreen cladding, precast concrete panel cladding and blockwork with acrylic render finish.

EQ has already acted as a catalyst for the regeneration of Fountainbridge, with projects linking the city centre to the canal and residential areas beyond. Permission is being amended with start on site programmed for Autumn 2005.

EQ is a £60m mixed use development at the eastern terminus of restored Union Canal. Phase One received planning permission in 2001 and completed Spring 2005.

EQ Phase Two build cost is approximately £9m. The Union Canal dates from 1822 and originally terminated in Port Hopetoun (canal basin on Lothian Road). Lochrin Basin was created in the early 20th century as the end section was infilled and the canal declined. Prior to redevelopment the Edinburgh Quay site was occupied by a series of poor quality buildings and industrial units; the Lochrin Basin was derelict and the towpath inaccessible to the public.

The Joint Venture between British Waterways and Miller Developments is entitled Edinburgh Quay Ltd. The Miller Group is the UK’s largest privately owned property company.

Materials used at EQ Phase Two include a structural frame of concrete and steel (for the top floor only) with external finishes of aluminium curtain walling, rainscreen cladding, precast concrete panel cladding and blockwork with acrylic render finish. Roof areas will be a combination of lightweight decks with single layer pvc membranes for the top most roofs and concrete decks with asphalt for roof plant areas and roof terraces. Large structures such as these oftentimes have signal reception problems. There are a couple of solutions to increasing the signal strength in these types of areas but to find out the more effective solution of them all, click here.

Edinburgh Quay : Roses Design Awards 2005 – Rewarding Regeneration: Bronze

Tartan Club
Fountainbridge, Edinburgh – Michael Laird Architects’ designs:

Edinburgh Quay Former Edinburgh Brewery
Tartan Club Fountainbridge building images from Michael Laird Architects

Leamington Wharf housing, on the Union Canal, west of Edinburgh Quay

Edinburgh Quay : Scottish Design Awards 2005 – Regeneration Award Joint Winner

News Excerpt re Edinburgh Quay area:

Lochrin Basin Housing Blocked
Edinburgh-based Melford Developments 4-6 storey canalside luxury flats and social housing next to the Miller Developments and British Waterways Edinburgh Quay project.

The plans faced strong opposition by local people supported by Scottish Secretary & Edinburgh Central MP Alistair Darling and their own independent planning expert to help their cause and despite councillors’ approval permission was not granted.

EQ1 was nominated for the Best Building in Scotland shortlist, the 2005 RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture – the UK’s biggest architecture prize, alongside the Scottish Parliament.

To the north and west are Fountain Park, Fountain North and the Travel Inn Edinburgh

EQ Phase Two: received full planning Sep 2005

Edinburgh Quay, Phase One : Best Building in Scotland shortlisted in 2005

Edinburgh Quay – Phase One : Dynamic Place Awards – Built Environment Winner

Architecture in Edinburgh

RBS Gogarburn – also by Michael Laird Architects

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High-quality canalside apartments were included as part of the award-winning development, a major city centre project which has kickstarted the regeneration of Fountainbridge.

Client: British Waterways/Miller Developments
Location: Fountainbridge, Edinburgh
source: http://www.michaellaird.co.uk/projects/edinburgh-quay/

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