Lynsay Bell Architecture

Hill Street—

Client—

Square & Crescent

Site—

5-7 Hill Street, Edinburgh

Stage—

Complete November 2014

Project Details—

The two townhouses were constructed in 1790’s by Stonemason James Hill and are one of the finest examples of town planning. The property was previously used as office accommodation and our client approached us to convert the two A listed properties into apartments.

With the retention of all original internal features, this was a challenging conversion; however we successfully produced well-proportioned and highly desirable apartments finished to an extremely high standard.

To create additional accommodation, the rear outshot was cleverly extended to utilise the half landings of the redundant stair core to No. 7 rejuvenating what was a tired back lane.

Architect’s insight—

Hill Street’s townhouses are some of the best-preserved examples of new town planning in the UK and during the restoration process these buildings were treated with great care and attention, allowing original features to be preserved and once again enjoyed. This conservation project was a delight and privilege to be involved in.