“The proposals are of the best possible quality, and will be transformative to the area... a huge addition to what has already been put in place.” City of Edinburgh Council Planning Committee

The project was procured through the Scape Major Works framework (now superseded by Major Works Scotland), part of the National Construction framework. It is being delivered by Robertson in partnership with Willmott Dixon. Scape Group is a public sector owned built environment specialist offering a full suite of national frameworks and innovative design solutions.

 

A new centre for Muirhouse

The Muirhouse Shopping Centre buildings will be demolished and replaced by three new urban blocks with ground floor retail, commercial and residential development above.

A fourth block is intended to be a community hub building, becoming the focal point around the civic square and providing a library and much-needed services for the local community.

Each of the four blocks will be positioned around the civic square, with a vehicle-free landscaped area, seating zones and shrubbery. The space will be used for markets and community events.

Regeneration at the heart

With regeneration the primary focus of this project, and the Muirhouse commercial centre lies at the centre of the wider Pennywell regeneration project that is the focus of a multi-million-pound housing programme by developer Urban Union.

Demolition of the existing shopping arcade began in October 2017 with the removal of the steel canopy, a local landmark having appeared in both Trainspotting movies.

A relocation strategy has been developed that will ensure any existing retailers that wish to remain are retained and will be open for business during the construction works.

Construction will continue through to 2021.

 

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