Basic Site Details

Name: Saltire Court
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: In a public opinion poll following an exhibition of entries, 49% of Edinburgh citizens voted for the Campbell & Arnott design. (RCAHMS, 2011)

Refer to record 408301 for previous unexecuted proposals to site.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1International Conference and Financial Centre  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Office 160,000 sq ft accomodation over 5 floors

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Castle Terrace  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 3c. 1988 Competition designs submitted 
Item 2 of 319891991Build/construction 
Item 3 of 3c. July 1992 * Completion 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 11Harold Roland WedgwoodArchitectural practiceC1988 Competition entry
Item 2 of 11Nicholas CookArchitectC1988 Conpetition entry
Item 3 of 11Roland Wedgwood AssociatesArchitectural practiceC1988 Competition entry
Item 4 of 11Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)Architectural practiceBc. 1988 Competition design
Item 5 of 11Campbell & ArnottArchitectural practiceA19891991Won competition and secured job
Item 6 of 11Christopher Thomas Butler-Cole A19891991Won competition and secured job
Item 7 of 11Douglas Philip Jarvie LairdArchitectA19891991Won competition and secured job
Item 8 of 11J J Armitage A19891991Won competition and secured job
Item 9 of 11John ('Ian') Emslie ArnottArchitectA19891991Won competition and secured job
Item 10 of 11William ('Bill') David CampbellArchitectA19891991Won competition and secured job
Item 11 of 11William Hugh MacKenzie SmallArchitectA19891991Won competition and secured job


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Gordon MilneManaging Director for Scottish Metropolitan
Item 2 of 2Scottish Metropolitondevelopers


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p560
Item 2 of 3McKean, Charles1992Edinburgh: an illustrated architectural guide  pp54, 55, 89
Item 3 of 3Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland 1992RIAS review of Scottish architecture 1992 Macclesfieldp39

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 13Architects Journal29 April 1992  "A New Building that Takes on Edinburgh's Weighty Historical Reputation and Survives" by Catherine Slessor
Item 2 of 13Architects Journal29 April 1992195 Slessor, C (1992) 'Raising the Saltire' pp31-39
Item 3 of 13Building Design18 December 1987886 Thorp, D (1987) 'Kings of Castle Terrace' p8
Item 4 of 13Glasgow Herald19 September 1991  "Architects their play ace" by Kathleen Rantell
Item 5 of 13Glasgow Herald16 October 1991  p8
Item 6 of 13Glasgow Herald16 October 1991  p8
Item 7 of 13Prospect198732 'Castle Terrace competition' pp6-7

Winter 1987
Item 8 of 13Prospect199039 'Traverse Theatre' p30; 'Castle Terrace' p33;
Hillier Parker (1990) '[Castle Terrace]' p32;
'A perspective view of the financial centre for Scottish Metropolitan, by Campbell and Arnott' p29
Spring 1990
Item 9 of 13Prospect1994  'Flying the Saltire' p6; 'Some performance!' p7
Spring 1994
Item 10 of 13Scotland on Sunday9 October 1988  "Majestic Plan for a Notorious Hole" by Charles McKean
Item 11 of 13Scotsman9 September 1991  `[Saltire Court]: banging a European drum'

Edwards, B
Item 12 of 13Sunday Times, Scotland24 November 1991  "Elegant Filling for Edinburgh's Notorious Hole" by Allan Massie
Item 13 of 13The Guardian13 August 1992  "Moving Down a Stage" by Deyan Sudjic

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Personal Post-War Archive (held at ECA)Miles Glendinning edin (misc) articles post 1975 non-hsg

"Archibabble" a collection of press and comment articles compiled by Graham Harris, dated 13/08/1994


Refers to letters from the Cockburn Association to the Director of Planning, City of Edinburgh, dated 01/12/1987 and 12/05/1989, and one letter to Scottish Metropolitan Property plc dated 23/09/1991
Item 2 of 2RIAS Collection NMRSDavid Mann Collection 1 brochure, 26 colour slides and drawings