OF the 16 Edinburgh city centre buildings deemed ten years ago to be of architectural and historic significance but also ‘at risk’, just two remain at risk – according to the city’s local authority.
Says The City of Edinburgh Council of the ‘Category A-listed’ buildings that featured on an ‘at risk’ register in 2012, 14 from 16 have been restored or are about to be be restored.
The register – titled Buildings at Risk Register and which has been going since 1990 – is maintained by the Scottish Government ‘quango’, Historic Environment Scotland.
The 14 (as described by the council) are: Old Royal High School is to become a music school; India Buildings on Victoria Street will shortly reopen as a hotel; City Observatory is now an art gallery for contemporary art; the former Donaldson’s School for the Deaf, including the gate lodges, has been restored and transformed into housing; Riddle’s Court in the Lawnmarket is now the headquarters of Scottish Historic Buildings Trust; Acheson House is home to Edinburgh World Heritage; Panmure House is now Heriot Watt’s Edinburgh Business school; Upper floors of 30 Princes Street, including the gilded globe roof sculpture of the former Forsyth’s department store, are now a hotel; 27 and 29-31 Melville Street has been turned into offices; 9 Rutland Square has been brought back into residential use; 26 Heriot Row has been brought back into residential use; 8 Blenheim Place has been brought back into residential use; 1-3 Baxter’s Place is now a hotel; and 42 St Andrew Square is now the Edinburgh Grand, a luxury all-apartment residence.
Pictured: India Buildings, Picture credit: Place Design Scotland
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