Lothian Chambers, Edinburgh

A Green Apple Award winning, refurbishment, alteration and modernisation for The City of Edinburgh Council.

This listed building, on George IV Bridge, built in the late 19th Century and has seen a range of uses since then including the Midlothian Regional HQ and Scottish Parliament Committee Rooms. The neo-classical façades and opulent interiors make it perfect for high profile public activities.

The design team was commissioned to produce a feasibility study for relocating the Edinburgh Registry Office and Civil Wedding accommodation on Victoria Street. This was then extended to proceed with the refurbishment of the entire building and provide additional council offices, meeting and committee rooms.

The project involved regular discussions with Historic Scotland on the restoration of the existing high quality interiors and the sympathetic and complimentary insertion of new elements to meet the requirements of modern uses, including improved accessibility.

The works included the controlled demolition, new build elements, restoration, replica elements, New and replica joinery finishes and counters were design developed, manufactured and installed.

Client: City of Edinburgh Council
Architect: Smith Scott Mullan
Value: £2.4m