‘Renovating the World’ – Morgan McDonnell Director Anthony McDonnell Interview

Posted on February 2, 2018 by admin

Company Director Anthony McDonnell was interviewed by a Japanese TV film crew who were in Edinburgh this week filming interesting building conversions for their show “Renovating the World” and who had scouted our recently completed former church conversion at Blackfriar’s Street for inclusion in their travelogue. The producer and crew seemed intrigued by the innovative use of space and by the notion of transforming a previously sacred building into residential accommodation which, it seems, is not so common in Japan. Keep your eyes peeled for it’s release!

17-21 Blackfriars Street Shortlisted for The Herald Property Awards for Scotland

Posted on August 21, 2017 by admin

We are delighted to announce that 17-21 Blackfriars Street has been short-listed for Best Renovation / Conversion at the upcoming Herald Property Awards for Scotland in association with SP Energy Networks. 

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Glasgow on 21 September 2017. Good luck to all shortlisted entries! 


Drumsheugh Gardens Featured in Homes & Interiors Scotland

Posted on August 11, 2017 by admin

Featured in Homes & Interiors Scotland (Issue 113, May & June 2017): ‘Welcome Home’ – How Morgan McDonnell and Square & Crescent worked together to bring five Victorian Townhouses on Drumsheugh Gardens back to life, as contemporary luxury dwellings for Edinburgh’s West End.


Photography Neale Smith

Adjaye Associates (UK) with Morgan McDonnell Shortlisted for The Ross Pavilion International Design Competition

Posted on March 28, 2017 by admin

We are thrilled to be among the 7 shortlisted teams for the second stage of the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition. We will be working in collaboration with lead architect and project principal Adjaye Associates and their team to produce a concept design for a new landmark Pavilion, a visitor centre with café and enhancements to West Princes Street Gardens, due for submission 9 June 2017.


8-12 Torphichen Street (Distillers House) Converted into Serviced Apartments

Posted on February 6, 2017 by admin

The completion in October 2016 of this conversion of the Grade B listed former Distillers House at Torphichen Street in Edinburgh’s west end was followed by successful occupation by the building purchasers who will operate the building as serviced apartments. A development comprises 12 apartments on 4 floors and features a single open plan 75m2 studio flat, one bed and two bed units set within the ornate period accommodation of the former Distillers Company head office.

17-21 Blackfriars Street Conversion is Completed

Posted on February 6, 2017 by admin

Completed just before Christmas 2016, the conversion of the former Presbyterian Church on Blackfriars Street in Edinburgh’s Old Town allowed for the immediate occupation of the building by its new purchasers who will operate the 10 uniquely formed split level flats as serviced apartments. The accommodation was designed within each flat to make optimum use of the building height as well as create spaces of contrasting scale and intimacy. A commercial unit, suitable for use as restaurant or office, is also included on the ground floor.

Phase One of 40-42 Drumsheugh Gardens is Completed

Posted on January 5, 2017 by admin

The 1st phase of our 40-44 Drumsheugh Gardens development in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End is complete. The project for developer Square & Crescent involves the conversion of 5 townhouses from office use to form 20 luxury apartments in 2 phases. The second phase is due to complete this Spring. 

50-54 Newbattle Terrace Development Has Started on Site

Posted on November 1, 2016 by admin

We are happy to report that construction has now started on the 1st phase of our project with Weymss Properties Ltd at 50-54 Newbattle Terrace in Morningside, Edinburgh. The development of 25 spacious high-end 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments, all with south-facing balconies and terraces, will unite a formerly disjointed part of the street to form a continuous frontage that completes and enhances the original Victorian streetscape.

Show Flat Opens at 235 Corstorphine Road in Edinburgh

Posted on July 28, 2016 by admin

A show flat is now open at 235 Corstorphine Road, an exciting new housing development in Edinburgh by Square & Crescent. This beautifully appointed 2 and 3 bedroom period conversion and new build apartments within landscaped grounds are completed with the highest standard contemporary interior.

Kinnear Road Development Nears Completion

Posted on May 13, 2016 by admin

As this project nears completion, the contractor is putting the finishing touches to the last three refurbishment flats as well as laying the lawns and landscape planting. We are delighted that new residents have been moving in as fast as the apartments have been completed and we hope they enjoy the long summer evenings ahead in this peaceful location with stunning views over Inverleith Park to the dramatic city skyline.