Greenside Place

Project Details

Situated in  Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site, Greenside Place transformed a failing gap site, sensitively delivering a mixed use development integrated into the city.  We worked with the architects to create a series of roof gardens and cohesive area of public realm.  Located next door to the Edinburgh Playhouse, the site is occupied by the Omni entertainment centre and The Glasshouse hotel – a boutique hotel hidden behind the façade of the 160 year old Lady Glenorchy Church, with a roof terrace overlooking Calton Hill and the Royal Observatory.

Winner – ‘Commercial Development of the Year’ – Scottish Property Awards 2003

Design Details

  • A flexibly designed public realm surrounding the buildings allows these civic space to be used for different events throughout the year
  • Since project construction, the ‘Dreaming Spires’ giraffe sculptures (nicknamed Martha & Gilbert), designed by Helen Dennerly, have taken up residence outside the Omni Centre
  • A series of terraced roof gardens create a strong green connection to Calton Hill and the wider city greenspace
  • The changes in level along Leith Street are creatively integrated through a flight of elegant feathering steps. The grey tones of high quality granite surfaces finishes complement the rich tones of the Stancliffe sandstone and Jura limestone of the adjacent building elevations


Site Area:



Pillar Properties (British Land)


Allan Murray Architects / Parr Partnership


Sir Robert McAlpine

Project Value:

£100m (£5m External Works)