About the project

The conservation, repair, extension and adaption of a derelict Grade A listed 17th century townhouse in Edinburgh's Old Town. Panmure House served as the home of Adam Smith – author of ‘The Wealth of Nations’ - during the late 18th century, and is now being transformed to form a new flagship building for Heriot Watt University's 'Edinburgh Business School'. As well as being Grade A listed, Panmure House falls within the Old Town Conservation Area and Old and New Towns of Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The proposals include a new low-level entrance foyer with partially glazed roof, a roof terrace, a traditional stone staircase inserted into the existing structure, and late 17th century period detailing to form a 600 sqm DDA-compliant state-of-the-art learning facility and an archive for the work of Adam Smith.