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New architects hired to transform Edinburgh's iconic Calton Hill

Collective Architecture have been hired to help transform the derelict 18th century observatory.

Designs for Calton Hill from Malcolm Fraser Architects, to be taken forward by Collective Architecture. Image free to use from Collective Gallery, uploaded October 2 2015
Collective Gallery

New architects are set to take on the redevelopment of one of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks.

Collective Architecture have been hired to help transform the derelict 18th century observatory on Calton Hill into a modern art gallery.

The Glasgow-based firm were selected after the project’s original designer closed its doors earlier this year.

Malcolm Fraser Architects, who were responsible for several award-winning buildings in the capital, went into liquidation in August.

Collective Architecture will use designs by the celebrated firm to realise the £3.5m project if plans are approved by councillors next week.

The scheme has been backed by planning officials, who described it as having the potential of becoming an "exciting new landmark".

The redevelopment would be funded by both the City of Edinburgh Council and the National Lottery, as well as individual private donors.

Lori anderson, project coordinator and fundraiser for developers Collective Gallery, said: “Malcolm Fraser Architects did some brilliant design work and we’re taking those plans forward with new architects.

“We’ve just commissioned Collective Architecture and they’re going to be taking the project forward from here.

“The project architect who was working with Malcolm Fraser will be working with Collective Architecture, who already worked with us on the redevelopment of the city dome.”

Concerns have been raised by the Cockburn Association that the designs, which also include plans for offices and a restaurant, would “sacrifice the integrity of the internationally-renowned site” on Calton Hill.

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