Canongate Block 2, Royal Mile

Redpath has been commissioned to deliver conservation and energy efficiency works to this post war category B listed building.

Designed by Basil Spence & Partners in 1969, this building is located in the Edinburgh Old Town Conversation Area and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Canongate Block 2 is a complex configuration with 12 ownership properties. There are two commercial units on the ground floor that will continue to operate uniterupted throughout the works.

The improvements to this building primarily address specific issues with the property due to the nature of its age and construction, notably poor ventilation and indoor air quality. The outcome of the project will be:

  • An energy efficient building
  • Improved health and wellbeing of residents
  • long-term issues with mould and dampness solved
  • Conserving a listed building within the World Heritage Site
  • Compliance with the 2032 Scottish Government energy efficiency regulations (for the residential properties).

We are delivering:

  • Window and door replacement
  • Cavity fill insulation
  • Mechanical & Electrical renewal
  • MVHR installation and associated internal redecoration
  • Render repairs and painting. Paint colour will match existing as determined by the Scottish Lime Centre analysis. Keim Masonry Paint to re-instate original colour scheme determined by archive images and Edinburgh University research.
  • Felt roof encapsulation
  • Concrete repair and cleaning

Funding has been provided with an Edinburgh World Heritage grant for the comprehensive repairs to the exterior of the building; and a Scottish Government and Scottish Power Energy Network grant for energy efficiency works which includes window replacement, Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) installation, cavity wall insulation and internal insulation.

Before any construction work could start on site the following preparatory work included:

  • Asbestos removal
  • Stone matching
  • Mortar analysis
  • Concrete testing and trials
  • Borescope survey


  • Client

    Asset 2

    Edinburgh World Heritage Trust

  • Lead Consultant

    Asset 3

    Mast Architects

  • Location

    Asset 4


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