An HQ for a major UK life assurance company in keeping with the unique urban fabric of Edinburgh.
The competition winning design concept evolved from a process of matching the brief with the opportunities presented by the site.
Occupying a large quarter of a city block BDP's strategy divided the plan into separate parts (for separate letting) and arranged these around an atrium raised a level above the street.
Energy efficient shallow-plan offices enclose private and public spaces including the large atrium, a public walkway through the scheme and a central circus which covers underground public parking for 200 cars.
...one can admire BDP's professional delivery of a high quality workplace
accommodating a modern commercial building in the fabric of the historic city
a site designed to allow for future phases of development
provides an efficient flexible working environment for 1500 staff with related corporate, training and support functions
a dynamic atrium which “ acts like an open piazza, as if the life of the street has moved indoors”
a 72 unit housing development on adjoining the site as phase 2