Holyrood Park House

Orchard Street Investments

  • Location
  • Size
    1,280 sq ft
  • Sector
    Commercial Office Space

Holyrood Park House is located in the shadow of Edinburgh’s Salisbury Crags.

The multi-tenant office building was constructed in 2005 and has remained mostly untouched since then.

Form Design Consultants was appointed by property owners Orchard Street Investments to re-imagine the arrival space, and improve elements of signage and graphics.


Form developed several design proposals focusing on visitor experience, and health and wellbeing. The chosen solution placed a new reception point opposite the entrance doors, with an adjacent flexible waiting area and tenant lounge. Loose furniture was chosen to allow the space to be easily re-configured for tenant events and building promotions. A new tea point and display wall was introduced.

From a sustainability aspect, Form were keen, where possible, to retain finishes rather than rip out and send to landfill.

New planting was selected to complement the existing natural floor and wall finishes, thus leaning towards a biophilic design approach. The arrival space combines sweeping curves with sharp angular lines.

Inspiration is drawn from the surrounding landscape of rocky crags and grassy hills. The design, however, is not only about form but also function.

The acoustic ceiling rafts, over the main circulation route, absorb sound and soften the transition from arrival space to office.

This project was designed and implemented during the Covid 19 Pandemic. Despite the associated challenges, Form delivered an engaging, healthy and sustainable arrival space, ready to welcome

back the occupants, and helping to facilitate the immediate lease of the ground floor to a new Blue Chip client.