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Omni Edinburgh Vue Cinema

Omni + Calton Square, Leith Street, Edinburgh

Omni Centre

Warner Village Edinburgh: Multiplex Cinema

Films/Times – VUE Cinema: 08712 240240

Calton Square – offices for Pillar Properties + Parlison Properties

Location: Omni Edinburgh (Warner Village Cinema), Greenside Place, New Town

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Omni Edinburgh Vue Cinema at Calton Square image from Allan Murray Architects

Omni Edinburgh – Building Information

Edinburgh’s most high profile cinema complex has just opened following a gala premiere of ‘Harry Potter II’. This represents a key component in Allan Murray Architects’ ambitious design for this £73m mixed-use development at Greenside Place in Edinburgh’s city centre.

The leisure building, called ‘Omni’, includes a five-star hotel, a health + fitness club, a variety of bars and restaurants as well as a Warner Village 12 screen multiplex cinema. The hotel wraps round an expansive rooftop garden and gives the building a unique ‘fifth’ elevation when viewed from the elevated position of Calton Hill.

Allan Murray Architects’ detailed urban analysis of the site generated two distinct buildings – Omni Centre & Calton Square – and the practice was retained as master planner for the whole site as well as project architect for ‘Calton Square’, the 190,000 sq ft flagship office development for Pillar Properties plc and Parlison Properties Limited.

The two buildings are separated by a new square which breaks down the scale of the overall development and affords an uninterrupted view up to the monuments on Calton Hill.

The design responds to the location’s unique urban character and relates to the massing of the surrounding buildings, the superb views out from the site and the client’s desire to create a ‘landmark’ building.

The structural grid for the buildings spring from the existing car park structure and a transfer slab was constructed to increase flexibility. Construction work started in November 2000 and the mass of the new buildings echo the scale of the former tenements on Leith Street (demolished in the 1960′s).

Calton Square offices property
Calton Square image from Allan Murray Architects

The elevations respond to the context of the city and employ Stancliffe sandstone (from Derbyshire) and Jura limestone (from southern Germany). However, the extensive areas of curtain wall glazing help to create a bold, modernist statement that engages, but does not mimic, the historic urban character.

Perhaps the most distinctive element of the scheme is the eight storey, oval-shaped corner tower at the ‘prow’ of the site. It is fully glazed and cold cathode lighting has been employed by consultants Arup Lighting to heighten the drama and ensure its 24 hour presence.

The Greenside Place site was the last large gap site in Edinburgh’s east end and has been the subject of a number of aborted proposals over the past forty years (including a new headquarters for BBC Scotland). Allan Murray Architects were selected in 1998 following an invited international architectural competition, whose entrants included theRichard Rogers (London), Page & Park Architects (Glasgow) and Weintraub De Stefano (Chicago).

The practice confounded the client’s expectations of what was originally proposed by extending the parameters of the site and reconfiguring the relationship between the office (Calton Square) and the leisure buildings (omni edinburgh). They were commissioned to develop these initial proposals and planning consent was successfully secured for this extremely sensitive location within Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.

Omni Edinburgh Calton Square offices
Calton Square image © Adrian Welch

Omni Centre – Selected Subcobtractors/Suppliers:
Sandstone: Stirling Stone
Limestone: Max Balz
Zinc Roofing: Varla
Glazing: MAG Hansen
Project Architect: Douglas Fraser

Omni Centre / Calton Square – Building Information received 18.11.02

Omni Edinburgh

Since the completion of Warner Village Edinburgh the eastern section was developed as The Glasshouse Hotel with the Mood Bar (Club) in between

Calton Square

Edinburgh Restaurants

St James Quarter’s W, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
W Edinburgh St James Quarter Hotel

Adjacent Buildings / Structures to the Omni Centre:

New Town St James Centre

St James Centre

Leith Street Bridge by Broadway Malayan

Edinburgh Cinemas

Fountain Park Edinburgh


Odeon Wester Hailes

Ster Century, Leith Ocean Terminal

Edinburgh Filmhouse

Cameo Cinema


Edinburgh Underground Cinema + Filmhouse Sean Connery

Princes Street 347-bed hotel in Edinburgh
Princes Street Hotel Edinburgh City Centre

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