Plans submitted for ‘characterful’ Edinburgh office scheme

A planning application for the development of new office accommodation in Canongate, Edinburgh, has been submitted by Summix Capital.

The property developer said the plans seek to bring a ‘characterful’ office development, providing ‘much-needed’ work space within the heart of the capital’s Old Town.

The design has been developed as a response to the fabric and historical identity of Canongate and the Royal Mile. There will be four floors designed for small and medium businesses with the provision for co-working. Each floor will have 5,000 sq ft with accessible break out spaces on the top two floors.

Features include cycling provision, with the site also having the potential for a publicly accessible café. The proposals will retain boundary walls, existing workshop structures and historical artefacts.

Architects 3DReid worked on the scheme, and the planning consultants were Turley.

A spokesperson for Summix Capital Ltd said, “We’re thrilled to submit this application for an office development in Edinburgh’s Old Town. These proposals will not only serve to redevelop a vital location but help to tackle Edinburgh’s burgeoning crisis in available office space provision, especially in Edinburgh city centre. As a co-working space, this development provides an innovative solution to this issue while ensuring its green credentials are in line with Edinburgh City Council standards.

“We’ve consulted widely and diligently with stakeholders in Edinburgh to ensure they’ve had an opportunity to input their views about the proposals. The plans represent a collaborate discussion about how best to make this site work.”