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Barnton Hotel conversion wins approval

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August 30 2012

Barnton Hotel conversion wins approval
Edinburgh City Council has approved plans for conversion of the C listed Barnton Hotel into nine apartments and development of adjacent land to provide an additional 73 homes for elderly occupiers with care and support needs.

Page \ Park are working only on the restoration and conversion of the hotel whilst The Planning Bureau (McCarthy Stone) are designing the new residential buildings on the site.

McCarthy and Stone Lifestyles managing director Steve Wiseman said: "The Barnton Hotel holds a special place in the hearts of many people and we are keen to ensure it is sensitively refurbished while rejuvenating the site and enhancing the surrounding area."

Work to stabilise the 1895 building will now take place as a ‘priority’ before work on the new build element commences in earnest in autumn 2013 for completion by late 2014.

6 Comments

Paul D
#1 Posted by Paul D on 30 Aug 2012 at 13:41 PM
Incongruous.
walt disney
#2 Posted by walt disney on 30 Aug 2012 at 14:25 PM
ECC should have allowed developers to knock that ugly lump down years ago. There's no point saving something just because its old. New build looks fine. Strange that the over 65s will be living in more contemporary homes than their offspring.
Sven
#3 Posted by Sven on 30 Aug 2012 at 22:58 PM
For being such a prominent landmark and structure that so many see daily this has taken far too long to be restored. I suspect it will burn down during restoration like so many old stone buildings in Scotland seem to do when costs get too much...
Auntie Nairn
#4 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 31 Aug 2012 at 13:12 PM
#2 - Walt, I think you'll find that most are of the opinion that that the converse is true - There's no point in knocking something down just because it's old.
The new build is a respectable contemporary design, but in 10 years will be horribly dated, whereas it's neighbour will look just as good.
walt disney
#5 Posted by walt disney on 31 Aug 2012 at 13:28 PM
It might be a prominent landmark but it still looks like Norman Bates' house.
Baron Hill
#6 Posted by Baron Hill on 31 Aug 2012 at 16:56 PM
Nice to see this after such a prominent site lying vacant/derelict for so long - quite a good result!

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