Calton Hill City Observatory design team ‘delighted’ by award shortlisting

Martin Stevens

EDINBURGH’S Calton Hill City Observatory has been shortlisted for an AJ Architecture Award.

The design by HarrisonStevens has been nominated in the Landscape and Public Realm category in the annual awards. Situated within a World Heritage Site, The project design integrates the existing listed buildings into a collective, external environment.

Martin Stevens, co-founder and MD of HarrisonStevens, said, “We are delighted that Calton Hill has been shortlisted. It recognises the work on this challenging project to create a sense of place that encompasses both city views and microclimatic and ecological factors within the physical and historic context of Edinburgh and Scotland.

“The planting palette is designed to be extremely low maintenance and has a high biodiversity value and utilises species which are native and that one might readily find on adjacent Arthur’s Seat or within a similar Scottish landscape. Careful consideration was given to providing unity from the inside to the outside spaces, highlighting an opportunity for outdoor exhibition and performance space and drawing visitors through the heritage and contemporary spaces of the site.”

The winners will be revealed during an event on 17 November.