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Duddingston House

was built for James Hamilton the 8th Earl of Abercorn who bought the estate at Duddingston in 1745 and commissioned Sir William Chambers in 1763 to design a summer house for entertaining.

The house is clearly designed to impress the visitor as one enters the great hall and has now been painstakingly restored incorporating contemporary art, design, and digital technology.

It has become a home for companies involved in property development, architecture, design, fashion design and the Creative Arts. It is also used as an unique venue to bring people together to debate issues of the day, promote design in Scotland, and to forge new partnerships in business.

Current occupiers

Duddingston House Properties

Duddingston House Properties (DHP) is a commercial property company composed of a multi-disciplinary team of highly skilled people based at its H.Q. building, Duddingston House, in Edinburgh.

Since its formation in 2000 DHP grew to a peak of over £500m of property assets which it developed out prior to 2007 with only a minority of projects held at the point the market crashed. During the last 5 years the company has focused on providing development management expertise to property owners, major corporate organisations, banks and in its joint ventures with Catalyst Capital, Cruden Investments and Urbanist Group.

The Company currently has a development focus on Scotland and in particular Edinburgh and Glasgow where ‘partnering agreements’ have been formed with leading companies in the student, PRS, and hotel sectors as well as two major regeneration projects where DHP is a partner developer and investor.

Current Projects

Exchange 2


The Exchange 2 is located on a very constrained city centre site on Dewar Place which plays the pivotal role in completing the iconic Exchange District in Edinburgh City Centre.

The Masterplan key principles focus on sustainability, mixed use, permeability, public realm, townscape/heritage, height and massing, vistas and views, architectural expression, accessibility and character areas.

220 Broomielaw


220 Broomielaw is a prime site within the International Financial District of Glasgow, fronting on to the River Clyde, which has consent for 462,228 sq.ft. (gross) of office space.

The masterplan reflects a major, mixed use regeneration proposal of circa 1.25m sq.ft involving other landowners under a Framework Agreement.

The site offers the flexibility to deliver a range of space requirements from 150,000 to 370,000 sq.ft (NIA) in a range of possible configurations to meet occupiers’ current needs and accommodate future growth.



Baileyfield is a 2.8 Ha brownfield site and forms part of the entry to Portobello from the city. The projects' focus was to provide an opportunity to create a high quality, mixed use, and inclusive neighbourhood that can positively contribute to Portobello with a range of housing to meet local needs and a value food store to increase local footfall and activity in the area.

Old Royal High School


The proposal to restore the former Royal High School in Edinburgh and convert it into a world-class hotel. After lying empty for nearly 50 years, the old RHS buildings are now in serious decline and although there have been various proposals for the building over the years none have materialised. In 2010, following an EU-compliant competition, Duddingston House Properties were selected from a long list of over 50 as the preferred development partner by the City of Edinburgh Council.

Recent Projects

No1 West Regent Street


Planning consent was achieved to demolish the former Odeon Cinema retaining the B listed Art Deco iconic corner building to West George Street.

The scheme was designed by Gordon Murray Architects and consists of 175,000 sq. ft. mixed use development including 145,000 sq. ft. BREEAM ‘excellent’ Grade ‘A’ office space. Funding for the project was secured in late 2012 on a speculative bases from Prudential – the first major investment in a regional city following the market crash.

Buccleuch Street


The design proposal replaces the redundant flytower to the rear of the former Odeon Cinema stage with a new student housing building. The new build provides an infill to the gap in the tenement block forming a new frontage and entrances on Buccleuch Street. The new accommodation is organised around an external courtyard formed between the new building and the existing tenement at no.s 79-81 Buccleuch Street.



DHP completed a mixed use ‘turn-key’ development consisting of 193 residential units and c 1,000 sqm studio/business space in conjunction with Cruden Investments and 7N Archiects. The project was forward sold to Dunedin Canmore HA in 2008 where the land values generated exceeded those of 2006 regardless the finanacial crisis and property market slump.

Westfield project was the first privately funded 100% social housing development in Scotland.

Duddingston House Properties

Duddingston House
Edinburgh, EH15 1RB