Scottish Widows building, Exchange Place Edinburgh offices, Architect, Photo, Commercial property design

Scottish Widows Edinburgh

New Building, Semple Street / Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland design by Cre8architecture / RHWL

post updated 2 July 2023

Design: Cre8architecture with RHWL

Work started on Exchange Place Oct 2007

Scottish Widows Building Scottish Widows Expansion
photos © Adrian Welch, Nov 2007

Scottish Widows Expansion – Exchange Place

Exchange Place : Building information from cre8architecture 2007

Work has started on cre8architecture’s £50m Exchange Place office development in Edinburgh. The new 280,000sqft proposals for Scottish Widows Investment Partnership are one of the final components of the original Central Business District. Secured in design competition the development marks the first major commission for the new Edinburgh based practice.

Exchange Place Exchange Place Edinburgh

The development of three 5 and 6 storey office buildings around a new public piazza links to the Millennium Way between Edinburgh Quay and the city centre. The proposals also see the retention and relocation of the Grade B listed entrance arches to the former Meat Market.

The project is being delivered as part of a joint venture with London based practice RHWL, with a completion date for all three offices of Spring 2009.

Scottish Widows – Development Approved

Exchange Place
Buildings demolished – Grade B listed arch (see photo below. left) retained & relocated on site – with site works underway Jul 2007

Exchange Place site
photo © Adrian Welch

Office development
Dates: 2007-09
Design: Cre8architecture with RHWL
Construciton cost: £45m
Height: 5-6 storey buildings


Revised plans by jm architects for Fat Sams site, land to rear Of Port Hamilton & The Chalmers Building, Fountainbridge Edinburgh: Erection of an office development Application Granted for Scottish Widows PLc.

Two new public routes run perpendicular off Semple Street and Fountainbridge to join the circular landscape feature to the southwest of the BDP Architects’ building. 10 Jan 2007

Scottish Widows, Edinburgh
image from BDP Architects

Exchange Place joint architects:


Scottish Widows – Expansion
Proposed new buildings by Scottish Widows – as reported earlier this year – including cafe, restaurant, courtyard and retained former meat market entry (latterly Fat Sams) and Semple St builidngs, expected to receive permission 12 Oct 2005 but jm architects’ project for Scottish Widows to the south of the building unerstood to be still under discussion Oct 2005.

Scottish Widows – redevelopment context, photographs from Jan 2006:

Scottish Widows Scotland Scottish Widows Offices Scottish Widows Edinburgh
images © Adrian Welch

The Scottish Widows Building – refreshed southern elevation in Jan 2006:

Scottish Widows Office
image © Adrian Welch

Scottish Widows HQ, Port Hamilton, 69 Morrison St, Edinburgh 1998
BDP Architects
image from BDP Architects

Scottish Widows Edinburgh : Dalkeith Road building

Adjacent buildings incl. EICC The Exchange and the City Travel Inn

BDP Architects: Edinburgh Buildings

New Town CEC – Edinburgh Council HQ

Craiglockhart Campus, Napier University

EICC Additional Spaces Facility – Project

Scottish Capital Building Designs

Contemporary Scottish Capital Property Designs – recent architectural selection below:

BMA Scotland HQ
Design: John Robertson Architects (JRA)
Angela St Clair-Ford - British Medical Association HQ Edinburgh
image courtesy of architects
British Medical Association HQ Edinburgh

West Town Edinburgh 20-minute neighbourhood
West Town Edinburgh 20-minute neighbourhood
image courtesy of West Town Edinburgh Ltd
West Town Edinburgh 20-minute neighbourhood

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