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Haymarket Redevelopment, Edinburgh

Haymarket Redevelopment, Edinburgh

The Haymarket development is one of Edinburgh’s biggest commercial projects of the last 10 years and includes;

  • 340,000 (approx) sq ft office space
  • 54,000 sq ft (approx) of retail, food and leisure including bars, cafes and restaurants
  • 168 bedroom apart-hotel
  • 190 bedroom hotel
  • 320 (approx) underground car parking spaces
  • Significant active public realm

Our role on the project has been three-fold: to master-plan the entire mixed-use development site; to be responsible for the design and delivery of the sites 'landmark' office building; and to design the exterior of the developments remaining office and hotel buildings (working alongside CDA Architects). (Alongside ourselves and CDA, Sutherland Hussey Architects were also originally involved in the design of a three star hotel as part of our master-plan).

Unusually, the site has never been developed, having been converted from pasture into goods yards in the mid 19th century. The tracks were removed in the 1960s and  the site was then used as a car park, although it has been subject to at least two planning consents since then, the most recent for an office and retail development which received consent in 2006.

Our design places five individual buildings on the site, providing a substantial amount of new public open space. A major triangular office building is placed in the centre of the site and this, together with a new corner office building, defines the edges of a new street. This links two new public 'squares' created and defined by adjacent buildings at each end. The square at the west end of this route deliberately fronts the Haymarket station across Dalry Road. Along the Morrison Link is a second office building and forming the final side of a triangular public space to the rear is the first of two hotels. The sensitive boundary with the existing 'Colony' housing at Dalry is where the second hotel is located, the rear of which has been deliberately modelled to respond to both the intimate spaces of the Colony streets and also to give courtyards onto which gable end windows look. The scheme, as before, attempts to create a 'landmark' building on the prominent corner of the site and mark the entrance to the world heritage site and city centre.

The public open space is predominantly pedestrian, but with one-way vehicle traffic for access and service vehicles only. An underground car park replaces the existing parking.

A planning application was approved by the City of Edinburgh Council in 2011. 

(Below, a fly-through animation of the scheme:)

Other Details
Architects Richard Murphy, Matt Bremner and Core Team
Construction Cost £100m
Client Tiger Developments Ltd

  • 05 February 2015Plans for £200m Haymarket 'blade' building splits opinionSTV
  • 05 February 2015Haymarket taking shape in the capitalBusiness Quarter
  • 04 February 2015First glimpse of £200m Haymarket developmentEdinburgh Evening News
  • 31 July 2014Strengthening works for Edinburgh rail tunnel ahead of £200M developmentNew Civil Engineer
  • 26 July 2014Contractors reveal images of Haymarket tunnel workEdinburgh Evening News
  • 08 May 2014Haymarket scheme secures £100m bank funding dealThe Scotsman
  • 17 February 2014£9.6m boost for The Haymarket site in EdinburghBBC News
  • 07 February 2014Fund invests £9.5m in Haymarket office and retail developmentSTV
  • 28 November 2013Work to start on Edinburgh's £200m The Haymarket developmentBBC News
  • 03 April 2013Interserve to build £200m Edinburgh schemeConstruction Enquirer
  • 03 April 2013Work begins on £200m office and retail development in EdinburghSTV
  • February 2011Reach For The SkyBuilding Design
  • 07 April 2010Murphy Back For Haymarket Round
  • 3 Jul 2009Unesco's Edinburgh Intervention Provokes Architect's
  • 16 Jun 2009Major Investment For Edinburgh's HaymarketFlybe Uncovered
  • 28 May 2009Metzstein Takes On Edinburgh Castle In Support Of Murphy's Haymarket HotelBuilding Design Online
  • 27 May 2009Edinburgh Haymarket Hotel Inquiry UnderwayBuilding Design Online
  • 26 May 2009Architect Defends Design Of 17-storey Haymarket HotelEvening News
  • 27 Jun 2008Spaceship Is Cleared To LandEvening News
  • 26 Jun 2008Haymarket Hotel Proposal ApprovedBBC News
  • 26 Jun 2008Go-ahead For Doctor Who Luxury HotelThe Scotsman
  • 20 Jun 2008Haymarket Cleared To Hit HeightsEvening News
  • 11 June 2008Heritage Trust Tries To Show How Hotel Will Spoil Skyline, Can You Spot The Difference?Evening News
  • 2 May 2008It's The Big Idea For Haymarket That Got A Little BiggerEvening News
  • 12 January 2008It's Bon Appetit In The Capital's Newest StreetEvening News
  • 10 Oct 2007Pollution Threat Casts Cloud Over £200m West End PlanEvening News
  • 6 Sept 2007Richard Murphy Hotel Aims To Give Edinburgh A "Shot In The Arm"Architects' Journal
  • 5 Sept 2007Five-star Haymarket Hotel PlansBBC News
  • 5 Sept 2007Tiger Launch Planning Application For HaymarketArchitecture Scotland Published By Prospect
  • 16 March 2007Four-star Hotel's Booked In For Notorious Haymarket Gap SiteEvening News
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