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Caltongate back with 'Scottish identity' built in

posted 20 Mar 2010, 06:32 by David Rintoul   [ updated 20 Mar 2010, 07:07 ]

Radical new proposals for the Caltongate site have been drawn up by a Scottish architect in a bid to persuade potential buyers to rip up the existing plans.

"It is about reducing the whole scale and re-establishing the old urban blocks off the Royal Mile."
Lachie Stewart

Anta Architecture wants to persuade any buyers to build a much stronger "Scottish identity" into the plans for the gap site.

The firm claims that the designs for the original Mountgrange scheme, masterminded by Allan Murray, looked too similar to many modern schemes and were "monolithic".

Instead, Anta is proposing that dramatic arched arcades – similar to those on the Cowgate – are reintroduced into the Old Town. A diverse range of building materials and colours is also proposed.