Compared to many other UK cities, Edinburgh is a city that places great value on its built heritage, with regeneration often favoured over destruction.
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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1. Edinburgh Printmakers, Fountainbridge
For years the lone remains of the once vast North British Rubber Factory at Castle Mills in Fountainbridge lay derelict and unused. Three years ago Edinburgh Printmakers moved in, transforming the handsome brick building into a modern art studio.
Photo: Photographer: Scott Louden
2. Caley Picture House, Lothian Road
Dating from 1923, the Caley Picture House is one of Edinburgh's oldest cinema buildings. Latterly a night club, the former cinema has enjoyed various new leases of life and is now a Wetherspoon super pub.
3. Newhaven Fishmarket
Built as the hub of district's once thriving fishing industry, this delightful old fishmarket continues to grace Newhaven Harbour. The Fishmarket was recently voted one of the world's best fish restaurants by Lonely Planet.
Photo: JON SAVAGE
4. General Post Office, Waterloo Place
In 2003, one of the largest facade retention projects in Europe got underway when Edinburgh's former G.P.O. was gutted out leaving only its 150-year-old shell. It is now an office complex named Waverley Gate.
Photo: CATE GILLON