Edinburgh Park Masterplan, Scotland

Edinburgh Park is a 148 acre business park located 6 miles west of Edinburgh city centre. It was master planned by Richard Meier in the early 1990s, and despite the success of its early phases, the southern end of the park has remained undeveloped for several years leaving the original vision incomplete.

Dixon Jones were appointed in 2014 to review the masterplan of the undeveloped 43 acres. The site has been assessed from first principles, with feasibility work examining commercial, mixed use, arts and residential opportunities. The developer (Parabola) has encouraged an open minded interrogation of the development opportunities of the site, exploring the potential to transform this part of the city and to complete the park in a manner that respects the original vision.

The park benefits from a mature and generous landscape, distant views of the Pentland Hills and Arthurs Seat and the opportunity to build on the improved connectivity offered by the tram line that runs through the heart of the park.

The first phase of the Dixon Jones 48 acre mixed use masterplan for Parabola at Edinburgh Park was approved by Edinburgh Council in September 2018. The detailed application included seven office buildings amounting to over one million square feet of grade A commercial space, leisure and sports facilities, a new public square, shops, bars, restaurants, a health centre, two multi-story car parks, an energy centre and high quality public realm and landscaping. It will be the city’s largest development for more than a decade and includes the first new crossing built across the tram line since the network was opened in 2014. The scheme was described by the Planning Chairman as a welcome development to Edinburgh and Edinburgh Park.

For the first phase, Dixon Jones worked closely with AHMM (commercial offices) and Gross Max (landscaping), to extend the existing Edinburgh Park. As opposed to maintaining the continuum of Richard Meier’s original low density plan Dixon Jones proposed a grid of a more inclusive and denser arrangement; a piece of city.

The second phase of the development extends the masterplan to include up to 1800 residential units in a mix of private and affordable housing.

(Visualisations by Assembly Studios)