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Abercromby Place is an A-listed façade retention scheme, for conversion to nine luxury residential units in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town and the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The scheme is unique in that its traditional façade fronts a contemporary concrete frame behind, constructed as a result of a catastrophic building fire, whilst seeking to preserve the historic nineteenth century facades. Given the historic alterations to the building, the properties benefit from amazing flexibility in the internal spaces. The Abercromby Place elevation has more traditional features, with high ceilings and cornices Two of the nine apartments are large laterals. The conversion renovated all aspects of the buildings, from the services to the accessibility, providing new internal stair cores and a new lift shaft connecting the entrance levels to all apartments.

To the rear, a new sharply detailed ashlar stone façade off of steel framing was constructed featuring high-end large, glazed openings, balconies and cantilevered glazed spaces to allow the apartments to benefit from the views over the north of Edinburgh, towards the Firth of Forth and over to Fife.

All nine apartments have designated parking with infrastructure for electric charging points in a secure car park. A new contemporary metal-clad rooftop addition was also introduced with glazing on all four elevations, allowing for 360 degree views from a new rooftop terrace. Views include Edinburgh Castle, Queen Street Gardens, Leith, Berwick Law and over towards the East and West Lomond Hills.

The development also included 2 three-bedroom mews homes across 3 floors and with a garage. These are located to the rear and replace the mews style buildings that would have historically enclosed the back of the property. A pend in the middle of the properties provides access to the parking and rear of the townhouse behind.


“The A-listed properties benefitted from several thermal upgrades to current building standards, including replacement sash and case windows and a newly constructed north elevation façade, thanks to a reconstructed 1960’s concrete frame behind the original 19th century façade, a result of a catastrophic fire. These enhancements, along with a continuous extract ventilation system and detailed air-tightness measures, achieved a B EPC rating and maintained high levels of air quality.”


Contractor: Square & Crescent

Architects: Warwick Stewart (Planning & Building Warrant stages) / LBA (Construction stages)

Structural & Mechanical Engineer: Harley Haddow

Fire Engineer: Jensen Hughes

Acoustic Engineer: RMP

PROJECT details

Client: Square & Crescent

Location: Abercromby Place, Northumberland Mews, Edinburgh

Status: Complete

Sector:  Residential


Scottish Home Awards 2023: Apartment Development of the Year: FINALIST

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