Morrison Street Goods Yard
Plans for Offices and Shops
Several schemes have been promoted in recent years for developing the old
Morrison Street goods yard, a four-acre gap site immediately to the
south-east of Haymarket, that has lain derelict for almost 40 years.
A revised plan was
announced, on 16 June 2003, for a six-storey development of shops and
offices, with an arcade and open squares. The developers hope that
work can begin on phase one of this scheme in 2004, with phases two and
three being completed within five years.
Planning permission will
be needed before this scheme can go ahead. Previous schemes have met
with objections that they would block the views towards Edinburgh Castle.
Evening News 16 June 2003, p.7
EDI, the arms-length
development company owned by the City of Edinburgh Council, has proposed
plans for a 6 storey office/retail development with a central arcade of
shops running through the site at Morrison Street Goods Yard.
Heritage bodies have
objected on the grounds that the scale of the development and the height
of the buildings would be too great for the site, and that views would be
The plan will be
considered by Edinburgh Council's Planning Dept on 5 November 03, but
Scottish Ministers will have the final say whether or not it goes ahead.
In view of the scale of objections raised, it may be decided that this
proposal should be the subject of a public inquiry.
Evening News 31
October 2003, p.17
Despite a recommendation
by the City of Edinburgh's planning officials in favour EDI's
proposed development at Haymarket, the application for this development
was rejected by councillors at their meeting on 5 November 03.
The application was rejected by 6 votes to 5.
Arguments against the proposal were:
- the height of the proposed
- possible impact on future transport
EDI hope to resubmit their scheme in the near
Evening News 7
November 2003, pp.14-15
EDI's proposed office and retail development
above is the latest of several suggestions put forward in recent years for
the development of the former goods yard at Morrison Street.
Previous proposals have included use of the site for:
- the new Scottish Parliament:
considered in 1997, before the decision was made to build the parliament
- a new Inland Revenue Office
- an arena for sports and pop
- an Architecture and Design Centre,
as part of Edinburgh's bid for the 'City of Architecture and Design' title
Evening News 7
November 2003, pp.14-15
Developers have modified their proposals for a
new shopping centre with bars and commercial accommodation on the
former Morrison Street Goods Yard..
The height of the proposed buildings is 6 metres
lower than in the previous plan which was rejected in November 2003.
Heritage bodies have welcomed the changes but still have concerns over the
scale and quality of the proposed development.
The latest proposals are expected to be
considered by the Council in June 2004 or earlier.
Evening News 11 March
Planning permission has been granted to the
building an office and leisure complex with a public arcade on the
Morrison Street Goods Yard 'gap site' at Haymarket. The site has
lain derelict for most of the past 40 years and has been used as a car
park in recent years.
The plans include 200,000 sq ft of offices and
40,000 sq ft of retail or leisure space, creating accommodation for 5,000
workers. The designers have made many changes to their earlier
design, including reducing the height of the complex by 6 meters.
Edinburgh's heritage body, the Cockburn
Association regrets that the opportunity has been lost for creating a
major City Centre transport interchange on this site.
Evening News 30 Aug
2004, p10 AND Gorgie-Dalry Gazette Sep 04, p.1
Public Inquiry announced
Following concern expressed by heritage bodies
over the scale and design of the proposed building, and protests by local
residents, supported by Edinburgh Central MP, Alistair Darling, the
Scottish Executive has announced that a public inquiry is to be held into
Historic Scotland, the Architectural Heritage
Society of Scotland, the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust and the Cockburn
Association have all raised concerns over the proposals, and can be
expected to express their views at the public inquiry.
So, if the development does go ahead, it is
likely to be delayed by several months.
Oct 2004, p7
The Public Inquiry is due to begin on 9 May 2005.
5 April 2005, p8
£70m Plan Approved
The Edinburgh newspaper, Herald & Post,
announced on 5 January 2006 that following the Public Inquiry of 2005, the
Scottish Executive ministers had now approved plans to create a £70m
development on the former Morrison Street Goods Yard at Haymarket,
currently being used as a car park.
The plans have been approved, despite protests
from Historic Scotland, the Cockburn Association, Edinburgh World Heritage
Trust and others that the scale of the development was out of keeping with
the character of the area.
Developer EDI, an arms-length council-owned
company, proposes to build a six-storey development, designed by Edinburgh
architects Reiach and Hall. It is to include hotels, bars,
shops and offices, and will have a five-storey public arcade.
Herald & Post, January 5, 2006:
EDI's Plan Abandoned
Despite having received Planning Permission
following a Public Inquiry in 2005, EDI's plans to create a shopping
arcade, offices and restaurants on Morrison Street Car Park are not to go
Instead, EDI (Edinburgh Council's development
company) was forced to sell the site in order help finance a large equal
pay settlement for the council's workers. The site was sold for
£41.5mto Irish developer, Tiger
Tiger Developments' Plans Announced
Tiger Developments is a wholly owned subsidiary
of the O’Flynn Group, have released
plans their proposed £200m development
for the Morrison Street Car Park at Haymarket. The developers
- a 5-star, 16-storey, 180-bedroom
leaf-shaped InterContinental Hotel .
- a 3-star, 246-bedroom ,Travelodge Hotel.
- three office buildings providing a total
335,000 sq ft on the edge of Edinburgh's financial district.
- a boulevard through the centre of the
site, extending from Morrison Street to Dalry Road
The proposed glass and stone fronted
InterContinental Hotel would
be the largest building in the area, about the same height as the Balmoral
Hotel at the East End of Princes Street.
Tiger's proposals have been submitted following 8
months' consultation with local residents and others. The proposals
seem to be generally regarded as an improvement on the previous EDI
However, The West End Community Council, Dalry
Colonies Residents' Association and local residents have expressed concern
over the proposed height of Tiger's development.
The developers hope that planning permission will
be granted in time to allow building work to begin in mid-2008 and be
completed by 2012.
Edinburgh Evening News
September 5, 2007, pp.1, 10,11 (The proposals)
Edinburgh Evening News
September 6, 2007, p 10 (Reaction to the proposals)
Planning Application lodged with City of
recent months, Tiger Developments have been in discussion with Edinburgh
Council's planners. Tiger have made some changes to their
£200m proposals for Haymarket, which are due to be submitted to the next
week's meeting of the Planning Committee.
The proposed development comprises:
- a 192-bedroom leaf-shaped five-star hotel
- a 245-bedroom three-star hotel for
- offices, shops and restaurants.
council's head of Planning, Alan Henderson has been told of the economic
benefit the development would bring to Edinburgh, and has given his
support to the development, despite objections raised Edinburgh World
Heritage Trust, The Cockburn Association and others who claim that the 17
storey hotel is too large for the location and would obscure views.
Henderson said he approved of the quality of the architecture and
regarded the 17 storey hotel as a complement to the city's skyline.
Edinburgh Council will require the developers to pay £4.14m towards the
cost of the city's new tram system if the development goes ahead.
Edinburgh Evening News June
19, 2008: p.13.
On June 25, 2008, the Edinburgh City Council's
Planning Committee voted by 10 votes to 5 in favour of approving Tiger
Tiger Development's proposals are to be the
subject of a two-week Public Inquiry beginning on May 25, 2009.
Station and Road Layout
Haymarket Railway Station
dates from 1842. It was the original terminus of the Glasgow to
The station is in need of
restoration. The interchange between train and bus is not very
convenient. There are plans for the proposed Edinburgh tramway to
pass through Haymarket. This may provide an opportunity to improve
the road layout and interchange facilities in the area.
Transport at Haymarket
A Masterplan for transport at Haymarket is now
being prepared by a group including representatives from:
- City of Edinburgh Council
- Transport Initiatives Edinburgh
Evening News 7
November 2003, pp.14-15
I have read very little about plans for Haymarket
Station over the past couple of years.
However, on May 18, 2007, the Evening News
reported that the 12 options originally under consideration had been
reduced to three. These are now being put forward by the council for
There will be an exhibition of the proposals, on
view at Haymarket Station from May 31 to June 4. Consultation will
last until June 22, 2007.
Retain the two listed buildings, Haymarket Station and Ryan's
Refurbish the station platforms and concourse and cover with a glass
Create a new transport interchange, together with new shops and
houses, immediately to the south and west of the existing station.
Demolish both the
Build glass offices
and retail block, possibly 5-storeys high, to include homes and a
new station. This would cover the site of the old station and areas
immediately to the south, west and east of the old station.
Retain the two listed
buildings, Haymarket Station and Ryan's Bar.
Refurbish the station
platforms and concourse.
Build a transport
interchange, but without offices and shops
May 18, 2007, pp.1, 10, 11.
As Expected, strong objections to the possible
demolition of the A-listed Haymarket Station have been raised by heritage
bodies, including the Cockburn Association and the Architectural Heritage
Society of Scotland.
Readers quoted in the Evening News also all
objected to demolition of existing station.
May 29, 2007, p.11
The Station will not be Demolished
Option B above has been abandoned after failing
to win public support, only 15% of the 400 respondents favouring this
Edinburgh Councillors now favour Option A above.
July 25, 2007, p.6
proposed £190m redevelopment of the 164-year-old Edinburgh Haymarket
Station has been announced.
It is proposed to:
- treble the size of the station concourse
and public areas.
- provide new concourse levels with glazed roof
and access to the tram line.
- retain and refurbish the neighbouring
- create a space in front of the station for the
monument to Edinburgh's footballers killed in the First World War.
- create new offices, shops and flats around the
station. This would be phase 2 of the development.
Edinburgh Evening News:
April 29, 2008