Posted on 15 Jan 2015 by Marion
The Cockburn Association has objected to the proposal for a hotel to be built on the site adjacent to the City Art Centre.
We regret the decision to dispose of this site for a non-Arts use, it was purchased for that purpose and with the Fruitmarket Gallery known to be seeking extended facilities it would provide a solution that would possibly retain the, once listed, warehouse. This would preserve a fragment of the Old Town’s industrial past whilst restoring a Victorian warehouse that adds clear aesthetic value to Edinburgh’s cityscape. The other half of the site could then be developed to a sympathetic scale. The Cockburn Association considers that an overall strategy for cultural buildings must be put in place before the City considers any further land sales.