Dispute Over Redevelopment of Historic Edinburgh Square
Proposals to restore parts of Charlotte Square in Edinburgh into “boutique offices” are causing controversy, with the multi-million pound scheme being opposed by both the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) and the Cockburn Association.
The Scotsman has reported that the plans, which include the demolition of historic buildings, have been heavily criticised by the AHSS in a letter to Edinburgh City Council.
According to the online newspaper the letter criticised the plan stating that “the developer is in denial of the architectural and historic interest of the original Robert Adam-designed townhouses on the square, while branding the idea of demolishing the mews building on Hope Street Lane to make way for a modern building deeply regrettable”.
Developer, Corran Properties, argues that the ┬ú15 million development “is needed to help attract international investment funds, banks and other financial institutions back to the square”
The plans are supported by the Scottish Civic Trust and Historic Scotland. Historic building expert, Steven Robb, welcomes the Charlotte Square scheme believing it’s an “opportunity to improve its public realm which, in turn, would complement the setting of the listed buildings.”