George IV Bridge Edinburgh Buildings Photos, Architects, Scottish Old Town History, Architecture Images

George IV Bridge Edinburgh

Historic Old Town Buildings off Royal Mile: Photographs, Lothian, South East Scotland

28 Feb 2016 – new photograph of this George IV Bridge building taken by architect Adrian Welch:

George IV Bridge building

National Library of Scotland

Dates built: 1934-39; 1950-55

Design: Reginald Fairle Architect; A.R.Conlon Architect

National Library Edinburgh building

George IV Bridge

View of principal (west) facade from northwest:
National Library of Scotland
photo © Adrian Welch 2006

Edinburgh Library building
Edinburgh Library building
photo © Adrian Welch 2006

Missoni Hotel Edinburgh
George IV Bridge hotel : Hotel Development
Progress shot of building demolition, 180207:
George IV building
building photo © Adrian Welch 160207

Rezidor SAS hotel group (a subsidiary of SAS Group – Radisson Hotels) is to be the operator of the 136 bed hotel.
architects: Allan Murray; developers: Kilmartin Property Group
Construction is due to commence in 2006 for completion in 2008.
Brodie’s Close, 302-304 Lawnmarket / 59-63 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh:
Mixed-use development with hotel, bars, restaurant, retail, bank, leisure facilities and associated ancillary offices, services and parking. Submitted for planning 2005.
This development was controversial at inception but like many new buildings in the city centre it is not really much commented on anymore, however no doubt some may still fee it doesn’t fit in with its scale and clean styling. It was even nominated for a Carbuncle Cup Award, a prize run by Building Design magazine in London (BD).

George IV Bridge building, now demolished : Lothian Regional Rouncil HQ
Date built: 1968
Design: Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)
Lothian Regional Council HQ
south facade detail photo © Adrian Welch
A rather severe building that didn’t really chime with the surrounding sandstone buildings, especially the narrow-feued Royal Mile buildings. Mick Duncan was an architect on the building and the author talked with him about it around 2003 whilst working on the Scottish Parliament Building (a joint design by EMBT and RMJM).

Augustine Church – George IV Bridge building
View from outside Edinburgh Library looking south down the road towards Augustine Church:
George IV Bridge
photo © Adrian Welch 2006

Building opposite the site for Missoni Hotel building:
Advocates Library Edinburgh
George IV Bridge building
main facade – photo © Adrian Welch
The Advocates Library was founded in 1682. It is the law library of the Faculty of Advocates, in Edinburgh. It served as the national deposit library of Scotland until 1925, at which time through an Act of Parliament was created the National Library of Scotland. All the non-legal collections were given to the National Library. It alone of the Scottish libraries still holds the privilege of receiving a copy of every law book entered at Stationers’ Hall.
source: wikipedia

Allan Murray Architects – Edinburgh design office

A major piece of architecture just to the north of this street, across the Royal Mile:

HBOS HQ on The Mound
HBOS HQ on The Mound
photo © Adrian Welch
HBOS plc is a banking and insurance company in the UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lloyds Banking Group. It was taken over in 2009.

Although officially HBOS is widely assumed to stand for Halifax Bank of Scotland. The corporate headquarters of the group were located on The Mound in Edinburgh, Scotland, the former head office of the Bank of Scotland. Operational headquarters were based in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, the former head office of Halifax.
source: wikipedia

George Hotel Edinburgh

George IV Bridge restaurant : The Outsider Bar & Restaurant

More buildings in this area:
Bedlam Theatre; Frankensteins
Bedlam Theatre Frankensteins Edinburgh
images © Adrian Welch

Seventh Day Adventist Church Bristo Place
Bristo Place church
photograph © Adrian Welch

George IV Bridge context – Royal Mile Edinburgh


George IV Bridge Architect : Thomas Hamilton

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