‘Glass box’ bid for Smith home ditched

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to develop a “glass box” extension to the home of Adam Smith have been dropped in a new bid to restore the building to public use.

Panmure House was the 18th-century Edinburgh home of the celebrated economist dubbed “the father of capitalism”, but has ben lying empty and unused for years.

Plans by Heriot-Watt University for a large glass atrium at the building – part of a bid to turn it into a new “intellectual hub” off the Royal Mile – had been approved after a public inquiry sparked by stern opposition.

But new plans have now been drawn up after the glass extension proved unviable.

The university’s business school saw the proposed costs double from the original estimate of £2 million.

It is claimed the new designs will be considered less intrusive.