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200 years of alterations had left the building with many hidden challenges, some structurally threatening.

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General Information

Now fully refurbished, the HBOS headquarters on The Mound in Edinburgh incorporates four floors of banking offices and four basement levels.

Work on this Grade A listed structure which has dominated Edinburgh’s southern skyline for 200 years involved rationalising its interior and bringing services up to 21st century standards.

The building, which overlooks Princes Street, incorporates one of the only banking museums in the country.

Fast facts

2004 - 2006

The most significant element of the restoration was the magnificent ‘Bryce Hall’. Removal of a floor constructed above the current Banking Hall during earlier alterations revealed the original, 19th century, 11m high ceiling.

All internal areas were refurbished and original details replicated with features picked out in gold leaf.

The project involved replacement of nine lifts with a single duplex lift. First the existing shafts were demolished down to ground floor level. Then temporary steelwork was installed to support construction of the new shaft above while demolition continued down to the 4th basement.

The below ground shaft was then built up to the underside of the steelwork and the weight of the shaft above transferred onto it.

A geothermal heat recovery system was installed within the building’s car park. A total of 13 boreholes were sunk 85m into the rock strata and connected to the main heating system of the building.

The scheme won the Best Re-use of a Listed Building category at the Scottish Design Awards 2007 and the Rose Design Awards 2007.

It was also the regional winner of the Refurbished/Recycled Workplace Scotland category at the British Council for Offices Awards 2007.

The project received a Bronze National Award in the Considerate Constructors Awards 2007 and our Project Manager was named CIOB Construction Manager of the Year 2007 for his involvement in this project.