Treasured monuments in their own right, the Scotsman buildings on North Bridge have stood proudly in Edinburgh’s city centre since construction started in the 1890s. Designed and engineered by the notable architectural practice Dunn and Findlay, the buildings were
a fundamental part of Victorian Britain’s efforts to modernise and develop the new town.
Considered Edinburgh’s answer to the building boom in Manhattan, Chicago and London,
the Scotsman buildings were the city’s tallest, at 12 storeys high.
The buildings were home to The Scotsman newspaper offices for almost a century,
housing a printing press at basement level and carrier pigeons in the lofts as well as
extensive editorial offices. In 2001 the newspaper moved into purpose-built offices in
nearby Holyrood and the buildings were converted into a five-star hotel as well as offices,
apartments, restaurants and shops. North Bridge Lofts are the newest conversion within
these historic buildings, and combine the grandeur of the Grade A listed Victorian
structures with boutique contemporary design.