Insurance giants Aviva to redevelop 1970s Haymarket office block

An artist's impression of how the new Rosebery House could lookAn artist's impression of how the new Rosebery House could look
An artist's impression of how the new Rosebery House could look
Rosebery House sits next to Haymarket Station and will be demolished as part of the plans

Plans for a “landmark” office development on the site of Rosebery House in Haymarket have been announced by developers.

The office block, which sits next to the redeveloped Haymarket station, is to be completely demolished and rebuilt with the potential to house more than 1,500 office workers by 2025.

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Owners of the site, Aviva Investors, a subsidiary of insurance giants Aviva, have revealed the plans following the submission of a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) to Edinburgh City Council, with the full planning application likely to be submitted by the developers later this year.

Daniel McHugh, managing director of real estate for Aviva Investors said: “This is a key strategic development opportunity for the City of Edinburgh and one that will provide much-needed new Grade A office space in one of the most sustainable locations in the Capital.

“The new Rosebery House is being built for the future, with every element carefully considered around its sustainability and we are committed to obtaining a Net Zero Carbon rating for the building’s operation.

“By fully utilising this existing brownfield site, there is the opportunity to maximise the new building’s potential and in doing so create a real focal point for the ongoing redevelopment of the Haymarket area and play a major role in its transformation to a major business destination.”

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The development will see additional technology to help office working in a post-Covid-19 world including smart applications and touchless technology.

The developers also said the building would “improve and enhance” the area around Rosebery House including improving the links to the tram stop and cycle lanes.

Following the demolition of the “no longer fit for purpose” office block, the new building will have more than 158,000 square feet of space.

Aviva add that sustainability will be at the forefront of the design, with the architects focusing on a low-carbon building to be delivered with the lowest possible impact in design, construction and operation.

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The office block will help Aviva meet its own carbon neutral target, with minimal car parking and maximised cycle spaces as well as facilities to promote active travel such as walking and cycling.

The building will also have a “significant rooftop amenity space” with rainwater also collected by the roof system and recycled for use within the office block.

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