This project involved major alterations and repairs of 1 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh to provide retail, conference, meeting and office spaces.
The alterations included repairs to the fabric of this listed building, formerly the ‘Cockburn Hotel’, by the removal and repair of numerous internal additions, with associated improvements to accessibility and internal circulation. A new 5 storey passenger lift now gives access between all floors.
The central stair, a key feature, was reinstated as an internal focal point with improvements to natural lighting provided by a new roof light and the removal of large areas of a supporting wall adjacent to the internal courtyard. This was the most challenging structural aspect of the project due to the sensitivity of the stairs to movement which required careful sequencing of the works.
Within the courtyard a new multi-storey extension with a glazed façade and balcony was added, providing a breakout space and a gateway to this reinvigorated space.
Scottish Design Awards 2017 - Winner