Plans involve demolition of 1850s building

‘Dark corner’ of Edinburgh to be redeveloped

Art Deco RBS bankThe £60 million regeneration of a busy but rundown corner of Edinburgh city centre came a step closer yesterday with publication of detailed plans for the area.

Property company Chris Stewart Group (CSG) wants to redevelop The Registers, an area to the south east of St Andrew Square as a mix of offices, residential, retail and leisure units.

Two historic listed buildings will be restored, including the former Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters which will house a restaurant in the recreated art deco banking hall (pictured). The neo-classical building has been empty since former Heart of Midlothian owner Vladimir Romanov bought it in 2007. He had planned to open a branch of his Ukios bank in the premises.

The plans have come in for particular scrutiny because of the sensitivity of the location and the architectural value of the buildings. A derelict 1850s Victorian tenement will be demolished.

Chris Stewart, chief executive of Edinburgh-based CSG, said the proposals would see a comprehensive regeneration of a “dark and uninviting part of the city centre”.

Stewart said architectural historians had confirmed that the building to be demolished “had no special historic or architectural interest”.

Chris Stewart Group was behind the restoration of Advocates’s Close in the Old Town and is turning a row of Georgian buildings in Baxter’s Place at the top of Leith Walk into serviced apartments.


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