SoCo

Proposed Redevelopment
of the site of the Old Town Fire

Entrance to the lower floors from Cowgate
and upper floors from South Bridge

 

Artist's Impressions

Proposed SoCo development on the site of the Old Town Fire  -  View of the Cowgate facade from the NE

Cowgate

View from NE

Proposed SoCo development on the site of the Old Town Fire  -  View of the corner of South Bridge and Chamber Street from the S

South Bridge

View from S

 

SoCo Development

Proposed Redevelopment of the site of the Old Town Fire

Development Announced  -  May 2006

Developers, Whiteburn, have announced a 40m plan, designed by architect Allan Murray, to build a 140-bed hotel, offices, homes a night, club, with perhaps a gallery, concert hall,  cinema or 1,000-seat theatre on the site of the Old Town fire.

It is proposed that two squares will be built within the development. The site faces onto South Bridge and Cowgate and is to be known as 'SoCo'.

Comparisons have been made with the New York area, 'SoHo', so named for being South of Houston.

It is expected that a planning application for this development will be submitted to Edinburgh City Council during 2006 and that the development will take three or four years to build

Edinburgh Evening News: May 22, 2006, p.3 + May 23, 2006, p.8.  [The Evening News refers to this as a 60m development, but the figure should be 40m (Sam Halstead, Weber-Shandwick)]

Hotel with Glass Dome

Part of the proposed SoCo development on the site of the Old Town fire is to be a 40m 140-bed hotel and leisure complex with a large glass dome, on the corner of Chamber Street and South Bridge.

This has been designed by the Edinburgh architect, Allan Murray.

A computer generated image of the proposed development appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News on August 16, 2006.

Whiteburn Projects have now acquired the whole site from the many previous owners  - with the exception of the owner of La Belle Angele nightclub who has refused to sell and intends to re-open his nightclub at the same location

[Edinburgh Evening News: August 16, 2006, p.4]

 

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