Advocate’s Close Shortlisted for British Homes Awards 2015

Posted on September 7, 2015 by admin

Shortlists for Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2015 have been announced!

We’re delighted to be shortlisted for Advocate’s Close in Mixed-Use Development category. All award winning and commended schemes will be presented at a luncheon at The London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square on Friday 16th October and will be listed on and on


Work is Progressing at Kinnear Road

Posted on September 2, 2015 by admin

MacKenzie House, the former Edinburgh Academy boarding house, is being carefully restored with an old resident still in attendance.

Works at the new buildings are progressing with the stonework completed and the new glazing at the garden elevations affording spectacular views towards the City and beyond about to be installed.

41-42 St Andrew Square Submitted For Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent

Posted on August 21, 2015 by admin

Planning and Listed Building consent applications for the proposed refurbishment of the Category A listed building at 41 – 42 St Andrew Square have been submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council.

The proposals, for Chris Stewart Group, will see the former Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters transformed into 54 serviced apartments on the upper floors. The creation of new commercial uses at ground level will reinvigorate street level activity, enhance the pedestrian experience, enrich the streetscape and promote pedestrian movement between the square and the emerging St James Quarter beyond.

Contemporary bronze clad pavilions have been designed to sit subtly within, and enhance the existing roofscape. Internally, we plan to remove an unsympathetic 1970s mezzanine floor within the original banking hall and reinstate the original volume. This will form the centrepiece of the development proposals which envisage a grand new restaurant occupying the space accessed via the formal entrance portico and vestibule on St Andrew Square.


The Beer Kitchen by Innis & Gunn Launches

Posted on July 23, 2015 by admin

Work has completed on the refurbishment of a rundown venue on Edinburgh’s Lothian Road into The Beer Kitchen, the first bar by Innis & Gunn.  Layers of alterations have been peeled back to expose original features, which are now complemented by a natural material palette. A steel and glass display cellar showcases Scotland’s first tank beer offering which will supply fresh unpasteurised beer direct to the pumps. Delicious!

Refurbishment of Harry’s Bar Near Completion

Posted on July 6, 2015 by admin

Work is progressing well on our refurbishment of Harry’s Bar in Edinburgh’s West End for Shilling Group, with a planned re-opening later this month. The dated ‘whole in the wall’ basement bar is being completely stripped back internally to increase ceiling heights, and reveal original brick and stone walls. The layout has been reorganised to make better use of the space, whilst visual connections with the outside are enhanced by the removal of a porch at the front and by forming new glass doors out to the re-landscaped beer garden to the rear. We look forward to having drinks in the sun!

Work Progressing at Woodcroft

Posted on May 20, 2015 by admin

Work progressing on the development at Woodcroft for Queensberry Properties, where we are working on the Interior Fit-out design. Lovely views to the South of Edinburgh, towards the Observatory from the Penthouses.

8-12 Torphichen Street Gets Planning

Posted on May 5, 2015 by admin

We are pleased to announce that Planning Approval, Listed Building Consent and Building Warrant for 8-12 Torphichen Street Edinburgh has been secured on behalf of  Stone Acre Projects Ltd. Located in the West End Conservation Area and originally constructed as 4 dwelling houses but latterly occupied as offices, the proposals will return this elegant Grade B Listed building to residential use, retaining its historical and architectural character and features, including unusual mirrored symmetrical stairs and timber panelling. The approved layout consists of 11 unique studio, one and two bedroom apartments, with a small office of the lower ground floor.

Morgan McDonnell Architect Races In the DCC Stages

Posted on May 1, 2015 by admin

Morgan McDonnell Architect Gavin Lloyd took part in this year’s DCC Stages .

Gavin wheeled out his rally car, complete with Morgan McDonnell logos, on Saturday 25th of April 2015 to take part in the Dunfermline Car Club stages at the Royal Highland Showground at Ingliston, near Edinburgh. This year, there was a total of 8 special stages offering about 46 miles of 100% sealed surface roads. With a wet start to the event, Gavin was initially up to 17th overall. However as the track dried out, Gavin lost out to more powerful cars, but eventually finished a terrific 20th overall, 3rd in class and took the award for best improvement on seeding.

Well done Gavin and we hope you enjoyed a good day of motor sport!

Advocate’s Close Wins Project of the Year at The RICS Scotland Awards 2015

Posted on April 24, 2015 by admin

Advocate’s Close wins “the overall, highly esteemed, Project of the Year which is awarded to the entry judged to have scored the highest against a strict set of criteria“ (as described on the RICS website) as well as the Regeneration Award, which honours exceptional improvements to urban, rural or coastal areas which have contributed to the viability of the area. Our development was also highly commended in both the Commercial and Tourism and Leisure categories at the RICS Scotland Awards 2015 Ceremony at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh.

Chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Scotland judging panel, Colin Smith, said: “Retaining and regenerating all of the existing buildings and restoring historical building forms resulted in a development which fits well within its impressive surroundings, whilst the contemporary additions are sensitive to the historical elements.“


53-57 Queen Street in Edinburgh Show Flat Completed

Posted on April 2, 2015 by admin

These grade A listed Georgian townhouses and tenements, in the centre of the Edinburgh New Town, are being converted from offices into sixteen bespoke luxury flats. All the flats overlook Queen Street Gardens with the top storey flats affording uninterrupted views from the main living areas and master bedrooms over North Edinburgh to the Firth of Forth.

Period features combined with high quality contemporary finishes and fittings create a modern look while respecting the historical heritage. The removal of unsympathetic extensions & infills at the rear of the property allow for contemporary new courtyards that enhance the amenity of the lower ground floor flats and bridges have been added to ground floors flats to provide access to the rear gardens.