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Developers to demolish old S&N building

posted 1 Oct 2009, 03:28 by David Rintoul   [ updated 28 Oct 2009, 21:05 ]

Plans to demolish the former headquarters of United Distillers and Scottish & Newcastle have been given the green light, despite protests from Murrayfield residents and heritage groups.

Leisure entrepreneur Trevor Hemmings' investment vehicle Rumney Manor wants to knock down Balfour Stewart House on Ellersly Road and replace it with 80 new homes.

But the plans by the billionaire, who owns the rights to Basil Brush and Postman Pat, attracted a raft of complaints.

Objections had been lodged by the Twentieth Century Society, which was set up to protect post-1914 architecture, city heritage group the Cockburn Association and residents' groups.

Scottish Parliament architects firm RMJM had also previously called for the building it designed to be saved and Historic Scotland had been looking at the possibility of giving it listed status.


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