January 21, 2018

Panmure House restoration gets the go ahead

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The decision that a £3m restoration of Panmure House, the historic home of economist and philosopher Adam Smith, in Edinburgh’s Canongate, has been given the go ahead has been welcomed by the buildings owner, Edinburgh Business School.
The School, which is part of Heriot-Watt University, bought Panmure House from Edinburgh City Council in 2008, with ambitious plans to invest in its restoration and development as a centre for economics teaching and research, and as a venue for meetings and events in the heart of the Old Town. The architect’s designs for the £3m+ project were subject to a long negotiation with the City Council and Historic Scotland, which culminated in a public inquiry in March.
Panmure House

The green light means that Edinburgh Business School can now start work on its plans for the house (which has stood empty for 4 years). These plans include public access and the recreation of the link to its illustrious past, when it was the house in which, during the late 18th century Adam Smith would regularly meet to debate with contemporaries, rivals and admirers such as David Hume, Adam Ferguson and James Hutton, all proponents of the leading ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Edinburgh Business School is co-ordinating a global fund-raising scheme to support the development.
The Director of the School, and himself a renowned economist, Professor Keith Lumsden, says:
“Panmure House is the home of modern economics, and when it came up for sale by the Council I saw it as a once in a lifetime opportunity to preserve and restore a key part of Scotland’s heritage. I am delighted that we can now realise our vision for this historic building.”
Panmure House is situated at Lochend Close, Canongate, just a few steps from the Royal Mile and close to the famous Canongate Kirk, where Adam Smith is buried.
For further information please contact,  Lally Cowell, McGarvie Morrison Media, 0141 221 9041 or 07921 403050 
Notes:
Edinburgh Business School, a Scottish Charity which is also the Graduate School of Business of Heriot-Watt University, is one of the largest business schools in the world, with over 10,000 students on its programmes drawn from over 160 countries. www.ebsglobal.net
Heriot-Watt University is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the UK and is now established as Scotland’s most prominent international university awarding 50% of all Scottish degrees to international students. www.hw.ac.uk
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