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Battle stations over new capital gateway

posted 28 Dec 2010, 05:15 by David Rintoul   [ updated 28 Dec 2010, 05:27 ]

One of Scotland's leading architects has attacked long-awaited plans to overhaul one of Edinburgh's two main railway stations - and is putting forward his own striking designs for the project.

Richard Murphy, who has designed a controversial new hotel and office development in the city's Haymarket area, is now pursuing plans to transform the nearby railway station and create a new public precinct outside.

He has produced a rival scheme to the one for which station owner Network Rail unveiled plans in September and has warned that the current scheme - which would see a more modest black granite structure built next to the existing two-storey building - will be a "huge missed opportunity" for the city if it goes ahead.