Henderson Global Investors (HGI) have made two proposals for converting Picardy Place. The plans are at an early stage and now is the time to think about these proposals and air your views. The New Town & Broughton Community Council (NTBCC), along with other representative groups, have already made a representation questioning whether the impact on traffic flows has been fully considered and asking what this proposed development brings to the residents and communities of Edinburgh.
We would value any comments from the wider community. Are we being representing your views? Should we be more supportive of these proposals ? What should be done with this space ?
Use the 'Contact us' page to let us know your views.
The two proposals are:
- Option 1 - a triangular ‘perimeter block’ hotel (see below) providing public space around all three ‘active frontages’.
- Option 2 - a boomerang-shaped building (see below) with a ‘potential open space’ on the northern side.
NTBCC supports the objective that the character of the site be changed from a roundabout prioritising traffic movement to a high quality public space designed around the needs of pedestrians. NTBCC supports the proposed straightening of York Place as it runs in front of Picardy Place Terrace towards Leith Walk. However, NTBCC believes that both options attempt to shoe-horn a larger than acceptable hotel into this area – driven by the desire to rehouse the current King James Thistle hotel as part of the St James' Quarter development plans.
More details can be found here - Picardy Place proposals.