Edinburgh Park

Edinburgh Park Station
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Edinburgh Park Station

Edinburgh Park is a business park and peripheral district of Edinburgh, located just inside the A720 bypass, 4½ miles (7 km) west of the city centre, beyond South Gyle. Opened in 1995, the 55.8 ha (138 acre) business park was laid out to a masterplan by American architect Richard Meier and is noted for its bold modern commercial architecture. A joint venture between Miller Group and the City of Edinburgh Council's arms-length development company EDI Group, the park has attracted businesses from a range of different sectors, including finance, property, telecommunications, technology and property. The first occupier was the Scottish Equitable insurance company (now Aegon UK), whose new headquarters building is by Lee Boyd Architects. The park features individually-designed buildings laid out on either side of parkland which includes three ornamental water bodies along the line of the Gogar Burn; Loch Ross, Loch Gordon and Loch Craig. Notable buildings include Miller Group's own headquarters at 2 Lochside View by CZWG Architects and Alexander Graham Bell House, designed for British Telecom (1999) by Bennetts Associates and extending to 13,935 sq. m (150,000 sq. feet). Bennetts were also responsible for the rather less exciting John Menzies building (1994). Pressed against Gogar Roundabout is the curved former British Energy building at 7 Lochside View, by Allan Murray Architects (2001). The same architects created the Bauhaus-like Diageo building (1999) and the Oracle Building - a striking white box that features corner-glazing and dates from 2001. Many of these buildings suffer from an unfortunate design feature; while presenting an impressive facade to the east, access is through a rather more mundane frontage to the west flanked by an extensive line of car parks. To the east is Edinburgh West Office Park, a distinctive group of red-brick buildings with overhanging eaves and blue fenestration.

Edinburgh Park is also noted for its public artworks, for example, Epitaph for the Elm on Lochside Avenue by Tim Stead (1952 - 2000) and poetry reflecting the changing seasons in the bus shelters of Lochside Crescent.

The southern section of the area remains undeveloped, with outline planning permission over 185,800 sq. m (2 million sq. feet) of space. An 120-bed hotel opened in the extreme southeast of the district in 2012, next to Edinburgh Park Railway Station on the Glasgow-Edinburgh Line, which has an interchange with the Edinburgh tram line that passes through the park. A further tram stop lies to the north, in the centre of this busy district which has been described as "one of the best business parks in Europe" and now provides a workplace for more than 7000 people.

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