The transformation of the properties on the south side of Charlotte Square, Edinburgh’s classic Georgian masterpiece, has reached a major milestone with the completion of the refurbishment and redevelopment of numbers 26-31, designed by Morgan McDonnell Architecture Limited.
The six townhouses that made up the former headquarters of The National Trust of Scotland have been reconfigured to form four new properties that blend period architecture and features with the requirements of 21st century businesses.
The architectural integrity of the A-listed townhouses has been restored through a comprehensive programme of repair, replacement and reinstatement of authentic features, while a new four storey office with underground parking on Hope Street Lane to the rear is linked to Number 28 by a dramatic light-filled atrium.
The properties, part of The Charlotte Square Collection, a managed estate of 19 properties around the Square, have been designed to reaffirm Charlotte Square’s position as the most prestigious and sought after address for Scotland’s financial services industry. Cornelian Asset Managers and Ruffer LLP have secured tenancies in numbers 30 and 31, while SCOBAN, the new private bank has taken up residency at No. 9 along the north side of the Square.
Interest in the other properties has been boosted by the production of a dedicated Charlotte Square magazine, CSq, which reflects The Collection’s philosophy for quality and sense of custodianship for the Square’s heritage.
Nick Ball of Corran Properties, which acts as developer and asset manager for The Charlotte Square Collection, said:
“One of the most exciting consequences of the redevelopment of the south side of Charlotte Square is that we are changing perceptions about townhouses as modern office space.
“Georgian townhouses within London’s historic squares are seen as the most prestigious office space. By comparison, in Edinburgh, many have been allowed to degenerate, giving the perception that they have had their day. We are changing that. With the reconstruction now complete, we have proved that these historic buildings can have a life as contemporary office space without losing their distinct character. The affect is spectacular and we look forward to welcoming many more companies to Charlotte Square.”
The renovations have also received praise from Edinburgh World Heritage (EWT), which has been closely involved in the progress of the redevelopment. Adam Wilkinson, director of EWT said:
“The Charlotte Square Collection is supporting the long term care and use of one of the most handsome squares in Europe.
“Charlotte Square is a key part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site, and embodies the ideals of the Scottish Enlightenment.
“The restoration and sensitive adaptation of these wonderful buildings really sets the standard for our city.”
The Collection provides a range of accommodation types, specifications and sizes and will be managed as an estate with a long term commitment to the success of this as a premier business address. Where buildings are being developed, designs capitalise on new technology and construction techniques. The offices on the south side have been accredited C or C+ energy rating and a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating.
Morgan McDonnell are the architects on the project. Cushman & Wakefield and CuthbertWhite are the agents acting on behalf of Corran Properties.