Quartermile One

BCO Award Winner for ‘Best Commercial Workplace'.

Quartermile One is a striking seven storey building providing nearly 10,000 square metres of high quality office space and is the first phase of a £450m mixed-use scheme on the former Edinburgh Infirmary site. The development acquired its name due to its sheer size and location being situated a quarter of a mile away from both Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile.  The site is located within a conservation area on Edinburgh’s Victorian fringes and includes nine listed buildings, one of which is Quartermile One. 

The project involved a high degree of risk as the location was designated a World Heritage site.  As it was not established for commercial use, it faced stringent planning issues which had to be overcome by the design team.  The ground floor of Quartermile One features an impressive reception and atrium.  Under this impressive skin is high-speed lifts, raised access flooring, flexible lighting systems, sanitary provision and intelligent air conditioning to match today’s modern office demand. 

Client, Gladedale Capital Ltd, appointed Hulley & Kirkwood as Mechanical and Electrical Design Engineers at Quartermile. Paul Curran, Project Management Director for Gladedale Capital said...

“Hulley & Kirkwood have been providing M&E design services across our development at Quartermile, Edinburgh for over five years.  This includes commercial, residential and infrastructure design services. H&K have constantly strived to exceed our expectations through their flexibility and co-ordination with the design and contractor.”  

Quartermile Two

Quartermile Two is a new commercial quarter for Edinburgh sitting amongst period buildings. This £20m project is a prime example of the intention to mix the old with the new and as a result both the architectural and mechanical and electrical design needed to be sensitive to the surroundings. 

The premature engagement of the key tenant for Quartermile Two required for early integration of mechanical and electrical design to a tight schedule.  Quartermile Two is energy efficient with low energy consumption due to an energy strategy introduced by H&K.  Dynamic simulation and modelling drove the outcome of Brise Soleil profiles and provided the route to a design solution which achieved a Grade B Energy Performance Certificate without the use of Low Zero Carbon Technology (LZCT).

The brief requested the delivery of a world-class speculative office building providing Grade A office space to the standards described in the British Council for Offices Best Practice Guide. The Design Team carried out a benchmarking exercise looking at recently completed offices throughout the UK in which to base and better their designs.