Located in the heart of the capital’s World Heritage site, the office development at 5 Advocate’s Close was recognised by the British Council for Offices (BCO) at their annual National Awards ceremony.
The development was completed in 2015 at a cost of £45 million and involved the restoration of four ancient closes dating back to the mid-16th century. It was named Britain’s best development that same year, and this year the development has shone bright yet again, impressing the British Council’s panel of judges for its design aesthetics and innovation.
To build in a world heritage site demands not only genuine understanding of the surrounding architecture but also incredibly refined skills...being Highly Commended at the national awards demonstrates this...Stephen Lewis, Chair of the judging panel in Scotland, British Council for Offices (BCO)
The manner in which the development maintains the world-famous views of the Old Town from across the Waverley valley and how it re-establishes the enclosure of The Close at pedestrian level were among a number of key areas which stood out. The panel noted the difficulties that faced the builders as the development occupies a site that could not be accessed by crane or machinery - meaning it was essentially built by hand.
Advocate’s Close’s playful mix of historic-looking features and contemporary flourishes was also taken into account, likewise its outdoor terrace, which creates a relaxing breakout space from the busy office environment...