Zara, Princes St, Edinburgh


Zara UK
On behalf of:DOS Architects


104-105 Princes St, Edinburgh




In 2013 Restorex produced a report on the external fabric condition of the building. The following year we were appointed to carry out extensive repairs and refurbishment of the external fabrics, involving built up flat roofing, slating, architectural lead work, masonry and decoration.


To fully restore this large class A listed building, currently occupied by Zara. It was important to carry out the full restoration process, within budget and time constraints, whilst recognising the need for the store to go about its daily business, with minimal interruption.


  • The designing, erecting and dismantling of significant areas of scaffolding, allowing access to carry out the following works.
  • Extensive areas of stone replacement, both structural and aesthetic (highly decorative features
  • Extensive renewal of decorative and structural masonry
  • Complete stripping and restating off roof coverings
  • Stripping and replacement of architectural lead work
  • Timber repairs to windows and roofs
  • Built up flat roofing
  • Renewal of specialist metalwork
  • Redecoration to all windows, doors and rainwater goods


It has been a privilege, for the whole team at Restorex, to be involved in the restoration and repair of such a significant and highly decorative building. It has also been a pleasure working alongside the design team, whom we found to be extremely efficient and a client who was extremely helpful and instrumental in allowing us to do what we do best. Also, allowing a major restoration to progress whilst the store has been in use for the full duration of the project.

Client Comment

On behalf of Zara UK, we engaged Restorex to carry out extensive external fabric refurbishment to their class A listed building, whilst maintaining trading as a high end retail unit. Restorex achieved this in programme and in a very professional manner. The building looks great and all the relevant stakeholders were satisfied with the work carried out. We would happily recommend Restorex to any client seeking a company in carrying out such works on historical buildings.

Tavis Wright, Co-Founder and Director - DOS Architects Ltd.
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