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Basic Site Details

Name: Scottish Poetry Library
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: Unlisted
Grid ref:
Notes: "Plot J" of Holyrood Project (redevelopment of 5 acre site).

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Library New Library building incorporating fragments from earlier structures.

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Scottish Poetry Library, Crichtons Close, Canongate  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51997 * Plans approvedPlanning Permission approved
Item 2 of 51997 Won award or awardsWins Royal Scottish Academy's Gold Medal for Architecture
Item 3 of 5May 1998 OpenedInformation from Malcolm Fraser Architects - Plans, Sections and Elevations for the Scottish Poetry Library
Item 4 of 52000 Won award or awardsCivic Trust Award
Edinburgh Architectural Association: Building of the Year
Scottish Design Award
RIBA Award
Regeneration of Scotland High Commendation
Item 5 of 52005 Won award or awardsProspect 'Top 100 modern (post 1945) Scots Buildings' no 9

* 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 4Hanne VanreuselArchitectA19971998 
Item 2 of 4Malcolm FraserArchitectA19971998 
Item 3 of 4Malcolm Fraser Architects  A19971998 
Item 4 of 4Neil SimpsonArchitectA19971998 

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Parent Structure and Site

This structure is related to the following parent structure or site (click the item to view details):
 Building nameNotes
Item 1 of 1Holyrood ProjectA 35million redevelopment of a 5 acre site between Canongate and Holyrood Road during the late 1990s.

The project included the renovation of tenements along the Cannongate, the provision of 190 public and private sector houses and accomodation for 150 students.


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Architects Journal7 May 1998  p40
Item 2 of 6Architectural ReviewJuly 1996  p23
Item 3 of 6Building Design23 May 1997  p8
Item 4 of 6Building Design23 May 1997  Historic Lines of Vision for Poetry Centre, by Robert Bevan
Item 5 of 6Scottish Poetry Library NewsletterJanuary 1998 Scottish Poetry Libraryno.30, p2-3
Item 6 of 6Sunday Herald15 September 2002  Unveiled: the Radical Visions for Royal Mile, by Alan Crawford

Archive References

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

Folder from Development Services Partnership Ltd with January/Feb 1997 updates enclosed. Folder designed and produced by Arbus Design.


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