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February 18 2013

Decision due on Leith Walk hotel plan
Plans to fashion a 239 bed, four star hotel from three A-listed Georgian townhouses at Baxters Place, Edinburgh, are to be considered by planners on Wednesday.

Trendy Celt Limited and Chris Stewart Group are collaborating on the venture which will entail demolition of a front shop unit to form an outdoor terrace as well as demolition of a 1970s extension to the rear to accommodate a 60,000sq/ft new build extension.

A Chris Stewart Group spokeswoman said: “Our plan for Baxter’s Place, if granted, will bring a valuable city centre site of historic significance back into use and is supported by the local community.

“There is an increasing need for hotel accommodation in the Capital. The Chris Stewart Group has a track record in turning complex, historic buildings into contemporary hotels which seamlessly fit with the local architecture.”

Work on the 3DReid designed scheme, which supplants an earlier 166 bed hotel plan, will take place (subject to approval) through 2013 for completion in late 2014.
Chris Stewart Group are in the final stages of hotel operator selection
Chris Stewart Group are in the final stages of hotel operator selection
The hotel will boast garden terraces with panoramic views toward Calton Hill
The hotel will boast garden terraces with panoramic views toward Calton Hill

3 Comments

Egbert
#1 Posted by Egbert on 19 Feb 2013 at 10:00 AM
Are they raising the roofline at the front? Looks a bit uncomfortable proportionally...
Art Vandelay
#2 Posted by Art Vandelay on 19 Feb 2013 at 10:12 AM
The perspective on the 3D model is off too - the windows running down the main thrust of the elevation look like they're angled inwards!

If they can get a half-decent brick this could be quite successful.
Sven
#3 Posted by Sven on 19 Feb 2013 at 14:40 PM
@Egbert - the roof line looks the same as now, I think it is just the photo is a bit off.

The hotel is technically Leith Walk/Greenside Lane. The new build is on Marshalls Court. The current 1970s extension blends in quite fine as it is light sandstone and not brown brick like the proposed extension that jars with the local area. The brown brick actually makes it looks like an updated 1970/80s building.

Am not convinced by the increasing need for hotels in Edinburgh but the location is good for one.

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