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Edinburgh Old Town

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 December 2002

   Engraving in 'Modern Athens'  -  South Bridge from the Cowgate ©

The scene of the fire  -  from an engraving published 1829

  

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Here are a couple of messages that appeared in the EdinPhoto Guest Book following the Edinburgh Old Town Fire in December 2002.

 

Date: 08/12/2002     Time: 17:15:01

"Hi! very cool site! I was trying to trace down to see where the fires are?!   Any idea what is going on out there?!

Regards from Amsterdam!!"

 

 

Date: 03/01/2002     Time: 01:19:12

"I was lucky enough to make my first visit to Edinburgh late last year. It's devastating to see the damage from the fires but thanks to your website I was at least able to ascertain that my friends there weren't in the middle of it - though not far away, in Schoolyards.

Thank you for the service; is there any way of posting condolences to the people of Edinburgh?  They must be feeling gutted.

Cheers,  Jan"

Please scroll down this page to read about subsequent developments.

 

Replies from Peter Stubbs

8 Dec 02

  1.  News of the Fire

9 Dec 02

  2.  Buildings Damaged

11 Dec 02

  3.  Possible Cause

24 Dec 02

  4.  Demolition of Buildings

24 Dec 02

  5.  Return to Normal

3 Jan 03

  6.  Only a very small part of the Old Town has been lost

11 Jan 03

  7.  Ideas for Rebuilding

12 Jan 03

  8.  Competition for Redevelopment

25 Jan 03

  9.  Clearing the site

25 Jan 03

10.  Future use of the site - 12 months to decide

15 Mar 03

11.  The Gilded Balloon - 2003 onwards

15 Mar 03

12.  The Gilded Balloon - Benefit Night

21 Mar 03

13.  The Cowgate opens again

13 May 03

14.  Possible Redevelopment

25 Aug 03

15.  The Site is cleared

26 Aug 03

16.  Edinburgh Festival 2003

3 Oct 03

17.  Housing Plan

5 Dec 03

18.  Feasibility Study commissioned

14 Dec 03

19.  Reconstruction  -   When?

27 Jun 04

20.  Billboards and Reconstruction Plans

13 Sep 04

21.  Rebuilding to commence - Summer 2005?

3 Nov 04

22.  Architects shortlisted

3 Apr 05

23.  Future Use

16 Jan 06

24.  Developer Chosen

23 Jun 06

25.  Development Announced  -  SoCo

27 Aug 06

26.  Hotel with Glass Dome

23 Apr 07

27.  Fringe Venue 2007

23 Apr 07

28.  Hotel proposed

23 Apr 07

29.  Hotel criticised

23 Apr 07

30.  Hotel recommended

23 Apr 07

31.  Hotel approved

23 Apr 07

32.  Detailed Plans

23 Apr 07

33.  Latest News

 

1.  News of the Fire

The fire apparently started in the area near the Gilded Balloon Theatre, 233 Cowgate at about 8pm yesterday (Sat 7 Dec).  The fire is now reported to be under control, but several buildings have been badly damaged or destroyed.

The Cowgate runs parallel to the Royal Mile in the valley to the south of the Royal Mile, and passes under South Bridge.  The area damaged runs along the south side of Cowgate from Guthrie Street to South Bridge, then along the west side of South Bridge as far as Chamber Street. 

Please click here to see a page on the City Guide to Edinburgh Festivals web site, to see a photo of the Gilded Balloon Theatre in the Cowgate.  (If you get a 'Runtime Error' message, click 'No')

The Gilded Balloon Theatre has been the venue for many comedy acts in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe each August.  In the background of this photo, the Cowgate can be seen passing under South Bridge.

Click on the 'Show on Map' link at the top of the City Guide web site page.  This will provide a map of the area.  The Gilded Balloon Theatre lies below the letter 'G' of Cowgate on this map.  It is immediately to the south of the Tron Kirk (or Church) in Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

Peter Stubbs:      8 Dec 02 - midnight

2.  Buildings Damaged

The firemen are still around today, but fires appear to have stopped burning.  They have left about 11 buildings very badly damaged.  Some are in an unsafe condition, and will probably have to be demolished.  Here are some photos of the burnt out Gilded Balloon theatre today.

Peter Stubbs:      9 Dec 02

3.  Possible Cause

The police believe that the fire may have been caused by an electrical fault in a faulty fuse box in one of the buildings.

Peter Stubbs:      11 Dec 02

It has now been confirmed by the Fire Brigade that the most likely cause of the fire was a faulty fuse box in a former department store's disused lift shaft.

Peter Stubbs:      15 Mar 03

4.  Demolition of Buildings

For the past two weeks, the damaged buildings have been taken down by hand, but late last Friday (20 December) there was a dramatic collapse of two of the walls into the street. 

These walls had become unstable because the floors had burnt and left a  large amount of debris pressing onto the walls.  The walls of some of the surrounding  buildings are now unstable.

One of the collapsed walls is that above the Gilded Balloon.  The ground floor wall and arches above the street are still standing.  Attempts are being made to stabilize them.

The area destroyed is were the Cowgate passes under South Bridge.  Much of it is below the street level of South Bridge.   It was only when the walls collapsed last week that the extent of the damage could be seen from street level.

I have added maps showing the buildings damaged or destroyed by fire.  I'll add more photos to this site soon.

Peter Stubbs:      24 Dec 02

5.  Return to Normal

Despite the damage to or destruction of about 11 buildings, this is only a very small area of Edinburgh's Old Town.  Most of the Old Town remains unaffected, and all the familiar views still look the same.

The South Bridge was opened again to traffic again today, and visitors are arriving in Edinburgh for the Christmas and New Year Celebrations, which will be held as planned. 

Peter Stubbs:      24 Dec 02

6.  Only a very small part of the Old Town has been lost

Thanks for your comments and your thoughts.

I don't know of anywhere to post condolences or comments.  However, despite the serious loss of buildings,  the area affected is only a small part of the Old Town, and there was no loss of life or injury.

The familiar views of the Old Town, Royal Mile, Castle, Holyrood, Grassmarket, etc. have survived the fire and are all in tact:

Stereo view from Lennie - John Knox House in the Royal Mile, Edinburgh ©

Stereo view by Lennie - Edinburgh Castle from the Grassmarket  ©

 John Knox House in the Royal Mile

Edinburgh Castle and the Grassmarket

All the Christmas and New Year festivities took place as planned with lots of visitors around Edinburgh over the past ten days.

Peter Stubbs:      3 Jan 03

7.  Ideas for Rebuilding

Demolition is continuing, behind the hoardings.  It is unlikely that the site will be clear until Easter, and the true cause of the fire may never be known for certain.

However discussion on how the site may be rebuilt have begun.  Suggestions include the following:                                                

-  pedestrianised shopping gallery
-  high rise residential block
-  restoration of the site to its previous state
-  a 'civic stairway' or escalators to link South Bridge with Cowgate.

A link between South Bridge and Cowgate that passes under the bridge could bring more visitors to Cowgate and surrounding areas during the day.  In the past, Cowgate has been lively at night, but seen fewer visitors through the day.

Peter Stubbs:      11 Jan 03                                                      [Edinburgh Evening News8 January 03]

The owners of the destroyed properties are considering how the site might be redeveloped.  They are being advised by architects Malcolm Fraser and James Simpson.

Peter Stubbs:      15 Mar 03                                                         [Edinburgh Evening News:  1 March 03]

8.  Competition for Redevelopment

www.southbridge.org.uk

A website has been created to allow architects, design students and the public to enter a competition.  This is an unofficial competition, organised by the design firm Inigo Media and Adrian Welch, editor of the website www.edinburgharchitecture.co.uk.

The competition is  looking for ideas of how the site at South Bridge / Cowgate destroyed by fire might be redeveloped.

The competition is totally speculative.  The organisers, Indigo Media,  have no links the council, the South Bridge Trust, the owners of the site or any conservation organisation.  However, the organisers plan to offer full feedback from the competition to the South Bridge Trust.

Peter Stubbs:      12 Jan 03

The competition was judged by Martin Hulse, Director of the Cockburn Association and Professor Charles McKean of Dundee University. 

The winning design, by Edinburgh West End architects, Galloway Associates,  incorporated a twelve storey tower, and buildings of traditional stone and glass, with views through the site to the Tron Kirk and St Giles.  The winning design was by the Edinburgh architects Ron Galloway Associates.

Second place in the competition was awarded to Thomas Hamilton, architects, West Crosscauseway, whose plan included retail, offices, pubs and performing arts space, with a pedestrianised Chambers Street and a public square.

The entries are to be on display at Edinburgh University's Matthew Gallery, Chamber Street until 19 March 03.

Peter Stubbs:     15 Mar 03                                             [Edinburgh Evening News:  11 March 03]
Peter Stubbs:     5 July 03                                        [Edinburgh Evening News:  17 April 03, pp.8,9]

9.  Clearing the Site

South Bridge was opened to traffic on Christmas Eve.  It is hoped that it will be possible to open Cowgate by Easter 2003.

The arched wall at the front of the Gilded Balloon has been saved.  It is now hidden behind scaffolding for protection.

Peter Stubbs:      25 Jan 03                                           [Edinburgh Evening News:  22 January 03]

10.  Future Use of the Site

City of Edinburgh Council has given the owners of the properties that have been damaged and destroyed 12 months to reach agreement on the future use of the site.

Peter Stubbs:      25 Jan 03                                          [Edinburgh Evening News:  22 January 03]

11.  The Gilded Balloon  -  2003 onwards

Plans are being made to stage the Gilded Balloon's comedy shows during the 2003 Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Edinburgh University student union at Teviot Row and at the Venue nightclub, and possibly also at Bristo Square for outdoor events.    [The Times:  9 February 2003]

The owner, Karen Koren, hopes that the Gilded Balloon will be able to return, some day, to the Cowgate, though she is also considering other sites.  She hopes to find a venue that will be able to provide shows throughout the year, rather than just during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.   [Evening News:  13 March03 pp.6-7]

Peter Stubbs:      15 Mar 03

                                                                                                                 

12.  The Gilded Balloon  -  Benefit Night

"Gutted!", a benefit night for the Gilded Balloon is to be held at Edinburgh Festival Theatre on 20 March 03, featuring Bill Bailey, Jerry Shadowitz, Sean Hughes and many others.

A similar night was held at Piccadilly Circus, London in January.

Peter Stubbs:      15 Mar 03                                                      [Evening News:  13 March 03 pp.6-7]

13.  The Cowgate Opens Again

It has been announced that demolition work on the site of the fire has been completed, and that the Cowgate is to re-open to pedestrians and vehicles on Monday 24 March, a month ahead of schedule.

Peter Stubbs:      21 Mar 03                                                         [Evening News:  21 March 03 p9]

14.  Possible Redevelopment

The site is now due to be handed back to the owners. They are reported to be keen for their businesses to be rebuilt on the site, and are expected, soon, to commission architects Malcolm Fraser to produce detailed designs for redevelopment.

One suggestion proposed for 2003 is that a giant marquee should be erected to enable the site to be used during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August for exhibitions and live music.  It is not known yet whether it will be practical for this proposal to go ahead.

Peter Stubbs:      13 May 03                                                          [Evening News:  8 May 03 p3]

15.  The Site is Cleared

The site was cleared and the Cowgate reopened to traffic, on time, by Easter 2003.

Scene of the Old Town Fire  -   six months later  -  June 2003  -  Buildings demolished ©

This view looks down from South Bridge onto the cleared site beside the Cowgate in June 2003.

Peter Stubbs:      25 July 03

16.  Edinburgh Festival

August saw the visitors and entertainers return to the streets of Edinburgh for the festival.  Here is one of the street performers giving his show in Hunter's Square beside the Tron Kirk.

In the background is the site of the Old Town Fire, eight months earlier with the dome of Edinburgh University Old College behind.

Edinburgh Festival 2003  -  Street Entertainer at Hunter Square  -  A Unicyclist on a Tightrope about to juggle three Flaming Torches ©

Peter Stubbs:      26 August 03

17.  Housing Plan

Following public consultation about the lack of housing in the proposed  development of the site, Edinburgh Council has agreed to change their planning brief to allow some housing to be included if the architects can ensure that residential needs will be met.

Malcolm Fraser, the Edinburgh architect, hired by the owners of the site commented that it would be good to get a "lived in and loved atmosphere".  It may be possible to include some housing, especially in the upper stories that were used mainly for storage before the fire.

[Edinburgh Evening News:  30 September  03]

[Herald & Post 2 October  03]

Edinburgh is unusual in already having a good mix of residential property close to the city centre, in both the Old Town and the New Town.

Peter Stubbs:     3 October 03

18.  Feasibility Study commissioned

Edinburgh University and other owners of the fire site (who have taken advice from the architect Duncan Fraser) have now commissioned an economic feasibility study to look at various options for redevelopment.

Results of the feasibility study are expected in spring 04.

[Edinburgh Evening News:  29 November  03, p9]

Peter Stubbs:     5 December 03

19.  Reconstruction  -  when?

It is now a year since the fire broke out in the Old Town. 

Malcolm Fraser, the architect who has been advising the owners on possible redevelopment of the site that it will be a further two years, and more probably about four years, before work on reconstruction of the site begins.

[The Metro:  9 December  03, p17]

Peter Stubbs:     14 December 03

20.  Billboards and Reconstruction Plans

Concern has been expressed by heritage bodies concerning plans to erect advertising billboards on the site of the Old Town Fire until the site is developed.

It is anticipated that initial development proposals for the site will be will be announced within the next few weeks, though it is expected to be several years before development starts.

[Edinburgh Evening News:  3 June 04, p23]

Peter Stubbs:     27 June 04

21.  Rebuilding to commence  -  Summer 2005?

It is expected that building work on the site of the Old Town Fire might commence in Summer 2005, and might be completed in 2007.

Developers are expected to soon submit bids for projects including nightclubs, bars, shops, restaurants, offices and flats, to be followed by a formal Planning Application in early 2005.  The Gilded Balloon comedy club is not expected to return to this site.

The owners of the site have yet to select a development partner.  They have received proposals from the architect, Malcolm Fraser (architect for Dance Base in the nearby Grassmarket) for a proposal including a central square, closes and wide steps leading from the Cowgate to South Bridge.

A new building, featuring traditional stonework and glass, about the same height as the buildings destroyed by fire, is expected.

[Edinburgh Evening News:  17 August 04, p9]

Peter Stubbs:     13 September 04

22.  Architects shortlisted

Work is due to start in summer 2005 on a £20m scheme to build offices, shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs on the site destroyed by fire in December 2002.

The joint-owners of the site have invited six parties to submit their proposals for the site.  The names have not been announced but these are believed to include RMJM, the firm that together with Enric Miralles, designed the Scottish Parliament, opened in October 2004. 

Andrew Burrell and Mr Malcolm Fraser (who gave advice to the owners shortly after the fire) have also confirmed their interest in this project.

[Edinburgh Evening News:  6 October  04, p16]

Peter Stubbs:     3 November 04

23.  Future use?

The following are all reported to have expressed interest in building on the site of the Old Town fire:

-  the Scottish Courts
as an expansion of the Sheriff Court in Chamber Street

-  the Filmhouse and Edinburgh International Film Festival
if they are not allowed to build a complex on their preferred site at Festival Square

-  housing firms and a supermarket
possibly to complement the student housing on the gap site beside Blackfriars House, Cowgate.

The owners are expected to announce their preferred developer within the next few weeks.

[Edinburgh Evening News: 28 March 2005  p.7]
  [Herald & Post,  31 March 05,  p.11
]

Peter Stubbs:     3 April 05

24.  Developer Chosen

It was announced on 16 December 2005 that out of an original 25 developers who expressed an interest in this site, one has now  been chosen.

It is Whiteburn Properties.  They have been successful in buying out the eight existing site owners for an estimated £4m, and that they plan to create a "modernist contemporary" building on the site.

The development is expected to cost a further £20m.  It is expected to include a hotel, offices, shops, bars, restaurants, a night club, a live music venue, new sheriff court buildings and flats. Public closes and two mini-courtyards are also planned for the site.

This scheme was the one chosen by the eight owners of the site, from four schemes offered to them.  Whiteburn hope to seek planning permission from Edinburgh City Council in summer 2006 and to begin construction one year later.

Whiteburn will be working with architect Allan Murray on this project.  He designed the Tun Building on the site of the former Scottish & Newcastle Brewery in Holyrood Road. He is also currently working with Mountgrange on the Caltongate development of the former New Street bus depot.

[Edinburgh Evening News: 16 Dec 2005  pp.1,5]

Peter Stubbs:     16 January 06

25.  Development Announced  -  SoCo

Developers, Whiteburn, have announced a £60m 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]

[Edinburgh Evening News: May 23, 2006, p.8]

Both these papers have illustrations of the proposed building

Peter Stubbs:     23 June 06

26.  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.

Cowgate

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

South Bridge

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

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]

Peter Stubbs:     27 August 06

27.  Fringe Venue 2007

The site of the Old Town fire in the Cowgate is to be hired out to 'C Venues' to become a tented village, with musical theatre, drama and visual art taking place during the Edinbrugh Festival in August 2007.

'C Venues' also propose to use empty offices at the back of the fire site for other Edinburgh Festival Fringe events in 2007.

Meanwhile, the owners of the site have still to submit detailed planning applications for their proposed SoCo development, comprising hotel, cultural centre, shops, bars and restaurants on the site.

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

Peter Stubbs:     May 24, 2007

28.  Hotel proposed

Developer, Whitburn Projects, proposes a £40m 200-bed hotel is proposed for the site.  They describe it as a "funky budget boutique hotel"!  It is also proposed to create a glass walkway linking South Bridge and Cowgate.

The scheme has been designed by architect, Alan Murray, and also includes:

-  a shop

-  a main restaurant and bar

-  a Café

-  a business centre

-  a new home for La Belle Angele nightclub

-  an extension to Chamber Street jazz cellar

-  two new pends and courtyards.

The developers hope to get planning consent soon and to build the development during 2009-10.

[Edinburgh Evening News: Sep 23, 2008: p.8]

Peter Stubbs:     June 2, 2009

29.  Hotel criticised

Edinburgh-based author, Alexander McCall Smith, is leading a fight against the proposed hotel.  His is one of eight signatures to a letter describing the hotel as "yet another dose of the sort of international modernism which should have no place in Edinburgh's fragile old town".

Other signatures include:

-  Sir Timothy Clifford, Director General of National Galleries of Scotland

-  Douglas Ray, film maker

-  Alexander Stoddart, sculptor.

The developers describe their scheme as "bold", and say that it "respects the architectural heritage of the area".

[Edinburgh Evening News: December 8, 2008: p.8]

Peter Stubbs:     June 2, 2009

30.  Hotel recommended

Edinburgh Councillors have recommended approval of the proposed hotel development, subject to a number of conditions being met.  These include reducing the amount of glass used, lowering the height of the tower proposed from the Cowgate to contain hotel bedrooms,  and not cladding the tower with timber.

The planning application is due to be considered next week.

[Edinburgh Evening News: January 16, 2009: p.9

Peter Stubbs:     June 2, 2009

31.  Hotel approved

Plans for the proposed hotel have been unanimously approved by the City of Edinburgh Council, subject to the developers addressing the planners' concerns about the height of the tower and the material to be used for the South Bridge facade.

'La Belle Angele' nightclub is to be reinstated in the basement of the new hotel.

It is expected to take two years to build the hotel.

[Edinburgh Evening News: January 22, 2009:  p.7

Peter Stubbs:     June 2, 2009

32.  Detailed Plans

Developers, Whitburn Projects have now released detailed plans for their 3 or 4 star, 165-200 bedroom hotel with two "Café-lined courtyards" for the site of the old town fire. 

The proposals also include:

-  new pends from South Bridge and Chambers Street

-  new steps opposite Blair Street on the Cowgate

-  a re-paved Hastie's Close

The developers plan to submit a detailed planning application later in 2008, and say that the project could be completed within two years.

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

Peter Stubbs:     June 2, 2009

33.  Latest News

When I can find any more up-to-date news about this development, I'll add it here.

Peter Stubbs:     June 2, 2009

  

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