The Holyrood North scheme has forged a subtle yet distinct identity for the site within the restrained palette of materials; natural stone cubes; setts and; slabs, which all reflect the materials of, and blend with, the old town streets and vennels.
Taking inspiration from the adjacent Salisbury Crags, and the work of James Hutton, a unifying concept of geology and geomorphology is played out across various public realm elements. These linked elements include drainage, seating, walls, lights and paving details. It is this strong concept, backed up by robust and deliverable detailing that binds the architecture of Holyrood North together. Corten steel used iteratively as edgings and copes, public art, and structural columns all assist to pick up the tone of the crags, and in bed the site’s geology into the Public Realm.