One of the most prominent buildings in Edinburgh’s landscape has been returned to its former glory, following the comprehensive restoration of the historic HBOS headquarters building at The Mound.
Gordon Brown formally opened the restored building last month, following a two-year restoration project. Faithful+Gould, one of the world’s largest project and cost management consultancies provided the project management and planning supervision services for the restoration. The design team for the project included Edinburgh architect Malcolm Fraser and contractor Sir Robert McAlpine.
The 200 year old Grade A listed building was restored internally and externally. The most significant element of the renovation was the restoration of the magnificent 'Great Hall' designed by David Bryce in the 1860’s with the removal of the subdividing floor in the banking hall and reinstating the original double height hall. The stunning new Great Hall will now act as a focal point and will be used for major corporate events and for large meetings of HBOS executives.
Director Gordon Reid said, "The restoration of The Mound is a project that we are very proud to have been involved in. The building is one of the most important in Edinburgh’s architectural history, so it was absolutely paramount that the traditional character of the building was maintained whilst creating a dynamic 21st Century state of the art headquarters for HBOS."
"Internally, a comprehensive restoration scheme to repair, redecorate and reinstate original detailing was undertaken along with the restoration of all stonework and windows of the building, with the listed exterior remaining largely unaltered. In addition to the restoration of the Great Hall, other significant internal alterations were carried out which involved innovative and technically demanding design and construction solutions. One of the build challenges for example, was maintaining the weight balance of the building. When we removed the mezzanine floor of the Great Hall and other parts of the existing structure, the same equivalent weight had to be put back in to maintain the equilibrium. One of the unique elements for us as project managers was planning and coordinating the move out of the Mound into temporary accommodation, with every historical artefact or painting from the museum having to be catalogued and put into a specialist archive. We also dealt with the integration planning for HBOS to assist them manage their move back into the restored building."
As well as an extension to the existing Museum on the Mound, the project also involved extensive external works to provide a link with the public and the creation of impressive conference and entertainment facilities for up to 300 HBOS executives, customers and visitors.