The appleton tower, at first glance, is an architectural oddity
. For no apparent reason, the ground floor1
is one floor above ground level and is accessed by a flight of stairs, leading up to a large balcony (you can walk straight in to the basement
Looking out from the balcony, across the NCP
car park, the potterow
is visible. Strange
, it seems to do the same weird balcony thing. Some kind of failed grand plan
What happened was back in the 70s, the university
decided it would have to get rid of all these old tenement
s, before the costs of getting them compliant with health and safety
regulations went through the roof. The plan was to knock down a lot of them, abandon/sell others, and create a new campus
built around george square. Tenements were knocked down, the David Hume Tower
and Appleton Tower
were built, and to the north the Potterow
complex was constructed. All that was needed now was the administration building, which would house all the office
s that had been uprooted from the tenements, and provide a nice raised walkway between the two 'balconies'.
And then they ran out of money.
And then they leased the land to NCP
Which is why the building is so inexplicably deformed
, and there's a hideous looking carpark
in the middle of a university campus.
1 - first floor for all you merkins...