12 iconic Edinburgh buildings that have found a new lease of life
Compared to many other UK cities, Edinburgh is a city that places great value on its built heritage, with regeneration often favoured over destruction.
By David McLean
17th Feb 2021, 3:14pm
Updated 17th Feb 2021, 3:17pm
Architectural conservation is treated as a priority in Scotland’s capital, and, where possible, planners work hard to ensure that new custodians of old buildings are made to retain their best features.
We take a look at a dozen iconic landmarks around Edinburgh that have found a new lease of life.
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This huge former warehouse at Market Street once housed the fruit and vegetables arriving in by train from Waverley Station. In 1980 the building was transformed into the City Art Centre and has been exhibiting the best in Scottish and international art ever since.
Situated at the top of Castlehill, the highest point in central Edinburgh, this 19th century former reservoir once contained the city's chief water supply. It is now occupied by the Tartan Weaving Mill.
Designed by William Henry Playfair, the former Donaldson's school for the Deaf has long been regarded among Edinburgh's finest architectural treasures. A new luxury housing development occupies the grounds and the main building is being transformed for residential use.
It would be rude not to include our former newspaper offices. The Scotsman buildings were famously home to The Scotsman and Evening News for much of the 20th century. Today the baroque-style building contains The Scotsman Hotel. Rooms such as the Headline Suite, the Features Suite and Reporter Room recall the building's original use.