Projects / 179 Canongate, Edinburgh


Summix Ltd

Project description

Proposed redevelopment of the site at 179 Canongate, to form office accommodation, providing characterful and adaptable workplace provision within the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Offering 20,000sq/ft of floorspace and accessible break out spaces the co-working scheme is geared towards freelancers and small businesses seeking a collaborative work environment in the heart of the city.

Incorporating the A-listed Canongate Kirk and Canongate Tolbooth the project will retain existing boundary walls, workshops and other features to maintain a character-led approach.

The design has been developed as a response to the unique fabric and distinct historical identity of Canongate and the Royal Mile within the Old Town Conservation Area and the Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Office provision ensures this is protected while offering competitive amenities and a modern office building while complementing the heritage of the surrounding area.

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. Co-working spaces provide a more flexible, accessible and affordable option for SME businesses and freelancers with an open environment which cultivate a positive and collaborative working environment.

The building has strong sustainability credentials including dedicated on-site cycling provision and facilities for greener commuting. Additionally, the site has the potential for a publicly accessible café to animate the existing courtyard to Old Tolbooth Wynd, enhancing occupants and visitors experience of the building.

Incorporating the wider UNESCO World Heritage Site and the A-listed structures of the Canongate Kirk and Canongate Tolbooth, the proposals will retain boundary walls, existing workshop structures and remaining historical artefacts on site.

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Scottish Design Awards 2020 Future Building Project Winner

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