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Tuesday29 July 2014

Murphy unveils revised scheme for Haymarket site

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Richard Murphy Architects has revealed revamped plans for Edinburgh’s troubled Haymarket with the centrepiece hotel building now nine storeys lower

The practice has submitted new proposals to the City of Edinburgh Council on behalf of client Tiger Developments, which include an eight-storey hotel and separate office buildings, all sitting in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.

But in a letter to the council, heritage watchdog the Cockburn Association complained that any new buildings “should not rise above the building height generally prevailing in the surrounding area unless a landmark is to be created which enhances the skyline”.

Director Marion Williams claimed that Richard Murphy’s proposals “could not be considered a landmark”, adding that “the roofs of the proposed buildings are lumpy”.

She said the development “appears isolated and divorced from its surroundings”.

The site, a former rail goods yards empty for 40 years, is beside Haymarket Station where Network Rail is working with IDP Architects to expand the concourse and build new entrances.

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