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The ARC, Edinburgh

The ARC, Edinburgh

The principal challenges for this site were firstly the plan form and secondly the prominent location at the eastern approach to the city of Edinburgh.

The result is a bold statement of material and form.

Celebrating the surrounding landscape and the urban material.

The context of the masonry buildings of Edinburgh with their faceted forms against the rising landscape backdrop of Arthur’s Seat aims at signalling the edge of the city centre.

A mixed development of residential flats above a commercial ground floor exploits fully the available site and resolves the complementing yet complex urban geometry typical of Edinburgh.

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Since their inception CMM have deliberately worked across wide areas of design in both the construction and manufacturing sectors, developing products from furniture and light fittings to modular construction.


CMM have extensive knowledge of working in the commercial property market understanding clients’ requirements and the complexities of property funding, management and development. From manufacturing plant to complex company relocations, we have diverse experience across this sector


Employed for their specialist design skills and interior design CMM have contributed to significant retail developments such as the Buchanan Galleries and Silverburn in Glasgow. Their portfolio covers master planning retail areas (Coatbridge town centre) to individual stores and outlets. 


Housing is complex and diverse, from large scale urban developments to small bespoke designs, individual and specific to its users. cmm have extensive experience throughout.

cmm believe in design being appropriate to its context respecting local traditions and using local materials. The wide range of our work shows our commitment to maximising value for our clients both in design and execution.