QUARTERMILE // EDINBURGH CITY
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Foster + Partners
Gladedale Projects Ltd
This scheme involved the regeneration of the historic Edinburgh Royal Infirmary site creating a sustainable, mixed-use urban community located within a Conservation Area designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995.
RIAS Andrew Doolan Award Finalist 2008
Saltire Housing Design Award 2009
Scottish Design Awards 2009 – Regeneration Award and Residential Commendation
Foster and Partners
Working with the
Respect the landscape setting
and the traditional building
patterns of the locality
Responding to the
Consider the immediate context
and allow specific site conditions
to influence design
Inspirational ideas for
and innovative design
- The starting point for Quartermile was to open up the site to create a network of pedestrian routes and landscaped public spaces that draw the park directly into its heart, creating a strong sense of place and reinforcing pedestrian connections to the centre, allowing it to become a vibrant, integral part of the city.
- New construction is combined with the selective refurbishment of the historic buildings, with the ‘new’ woven carefully into the grain of the ‘old’.
- The new office building, named Number One Quartermile Square, is seven storeys high and offers dramatic views of Edinburgh Castle to the north and Quartermile to the south. It also forms a striking gateway to the development.
- The commercial buildings frame a new public plaza – the ‘Quartermile’ – which accommodates a space for concerts and other events.
- The scheme provides housing, high-quality office space, a five-star hotel, restaurants, cafes and shops. Apartment buildings are located at the quieter edges of the development, whilst offices and shops are concentrated in the centre.
- The development offers many qualities that reflect successful places as set out in 'Designing Places', such as distinctive and welcoming.
Page updated: Monday, March 12, 2012