New application prepared for Edinburgh Filmhouse
An amended planning application for the £60 million Filmhouse project in Edinburgh’s Festival Square is expected to be lodged next month.
Plans for the cinema complex, which is set to become the home of the Edinburgh International Film Festival were initially unveiled by Richard Murphy Architects in March 2020.
In December last year, the proposals were scaled back in height in response to public feedback, expert advice and input from the City of Edinburgh Council’s planning department.
Originally estimated to cost in the region of £50m, the 11-storey Edinburgh Filmhouse was to feature six screens, a new festival centre, as well as a cultural industries hub, a cafe/bar and a rooftop events space.
However, the revised project has been reduced in height by two storeys to bring it into line with a neighbouring office block with less office space than previously planned and a scaled-back space for events and conferences.
Costs are also said to have been revised to £60m.
Richard Murphy Architects said in an update: “After a long negotiation with the planning department we are resubmitting an amended planning application for the Filmhouse in August, with the hope that permission will be secured by the end of the year.”