Advocates Close – Edinburgh


A mixed-use development of Hotel, Apartments, Offices and Retail & Leisure. Situated in Edinburgh’s Old Town, it was important for the design team to use natural materials to blend in with the existing buildings. It had to be lightweight, fire resistant and due access restrictions, the façade had to offer little or no ongoing maintenance.

ClientMorgan McDonnellServicesParklex Natural Timber Copper


Parklex Natural Timber Cladding Panels, were chosen by the architect as each Panel comes with a Unique timber face, meaning no two panels are alike, giving the elevations a natural timber look. The added benefit of fire resistance to Euro Class B, which is permanent, gave Building control the comfort that the facade complies with Class O spread of flame. As Parklex is a totally encapsulated waterproof panel, no movement will occur, plus the UV Everlook overlay means it won’t be affected by UV Radiation and will never delaminate, delivering long lasting colour stability. Parklex has a closed pore structure and an Anti-graffiti overlay therefore requires little or no ongoing maintenance.

Advocates close went on to win following awards:

Winner – RICS Awards 2015, Grand Final_Project of the Year
Winner – SAQP 2015
Winner – The Sunday Times BHA 2015
Winner – RICS Awards 2015
Winner – EAA Awards 2015
Winner – RIAS Andrew Doolan Award 2014
Winner – RIAS Award 2014
Winner – Scottish Property Awards 2014