Development Announced - May
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
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
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,
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,
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
Evening News: August 16, 2006, p.4]