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Haymarket Office Development, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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Design: Broadway Malyan Architects

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1 Osborne Terrace Office

Haymarket Offices

14 May 2008

1970s Office Building in Edinburgh City Centre Primed for £5m Make Over

No 1 Osborne Terrace, a 1970s office building in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh belonging to developer Golden Squares, has today received planning consent for a £5m makeover.

Osborne Terrace Office
image from the architects

The building, which has been redesigned by leading architect Broadway Malyan, will now undergo internal and external works to rejuvenate it and reduce its carbon footprint. Illustrating that the building can be transformed without the need for demolition, the plans are to refurbish the existing building fully, creating new highly specified offices in line with BCO ratings.

Constructed in the 1970s, the building has a high carbon footprint, emitting 3 times more tonnes of carbon annually than the recommended BREEAM rating. The aim of the new renovation project is to significantly reduce the carbon footprint, balancing the needs of its users and achieving a high standard of sustainability.

The area to the north of the building will be excavated, opening up the frontage to the north, and a new restaurant will be created to face Haymarket on the south side. The entrance and foyer will be increased in size and will lead onto a spacious café area.

The new plans will reduce car parking and provide a new street level interaction for the general public, returning the street frontage to the public realm and introducing public seating, bicycle parking and a new bus stop.

Martin Bates, Director of Broadway Malyan’s Edinburgh office commented, “We are delighted to have received planning consent for the modernisation of No 1 Osborne Terrace. The proposals have been designed to embrace the principles of sustainable development and to adapt the building to suit the needs of today’s office user. We have worked closely with Golden Squares to produce plans which will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the building and which we believe will create a sustainable development at this gateway location.”


Osborne Terrace Office Haymarket Redevelopment

1 Osborne Terrace by Morris & Steedman to be redeveloped by Broadway Malyan

The No. 1 Osborne Terrace scheme has been submitted for detailed planning permission. The refurbishment of the 1970’s concrete building for client Golden Squares, aims to create a gateway building to the city centre and to provide a modern, flexible and environmentally responsible office space.

The sustainable design approach will drastically reduce the carbon footprint of the building, and aims to achieve a BREEAM ‘ Very Good’ rating. The proposals include a natural ventilation strategy to all floors, including assistance provided by a double skin façade to the north and east sides of the building; rainwater harvesting which will reduce the building’s water consumption by 280,000 litres per year and the introduction of heat exchangers to recover exhaust heat collected from sanitary facilities and server rooms.

Additional improvements in material specification and detailing will allow for more energy efficiency by way of improved airtightness and U values. The provision of parking spaces will be significantly reduced and a ‘Green Travel Plan’ implemented to promote the use of public transport, cycling and car sharing.

No. 1 Osborne Terrace – image / information from Broadway Malyan Architects 081107

Building as it stands, 2007:
Haymarket Offices
photo © Adrian Welch
Haymarket Offices: Morris & Steedman

Broadway Malyan

Broadway Malyan is an internationally renowned architectural and design practice employing over 700 staff in 14 offices worldwide, 8 of which are in the UK. It was formed 50 years ago and is headquartered in London.

The Edinburgh office opened on Multrees Walk in May 2003, headed by Director Martin Bates. It specialises in large-scale residential regeneration, workplace design, and leisure and retail schemes, all underpinned with highly sustainable design. The office has notably been responsible for the coveted Princes Street Framework project for the City of Edinburgh Council.

Since opening, the celebrated Edinburgh practice has been recognized with awards, including: 2006 Public Consultation Exercise for Shrub Hill – Development Management Award; 2005 Saltire Awards for Greenside Place Bridge Link; and the 2005 Association of Town Centre Management (Scotland) Award – Best in Category for ‘Enhancing the Retail Offer’ for Princes Street.

Broadway Malyan has 20 board directors, and, uncommonly for a global group, is independently owned.

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