Palmerston Place was an exciting project, involving the conversion of seven Victorian townhouses, which had been used for decades as offices, into 28 spacious luxury apartments. Their formal design and strategic location, neighbouring the magnificent St Mary’s Cathedral, meant we had to get this project right.
Our approach to period properties has always been one of respect for the original design, while at the same time identifying where things can be improved. Damp is often a problem, caused by poor detailing and a lack of maintenance to the building’s shell, so at Palmerston Place we re-slated the roof, upgraded cement skews to lead soakers, reinforced the gutters and replaced the cast iron downpipes to ensure the properties would be watertight for years to come.
Internally we renovated or reinstated plaster cornices; stripped, stained and French polished the original doors; renovated the period fireplaces; and repaired and reglazed the original cupolas, which brought light down the stairwell to the Italian marble-floored entrance hall. We then introduced the modern comforts of designer kitchens, stylish bathrooms and the all-important central heating.
Each house was subdivided into four apartments: a 2 bedroom garden flat, a one bedroom apartment on the ground floor, a two bedroom on the first and a three bedroom duplex on the top two floors. We were determined to retain the grandeur of the original townhouses, keeping true to the generous proportions of the public rooms, so even the one bedroom apartment had a 25 foot long living room!
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AMA (New Town) Ltd, 15 Coates Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 7AF
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