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Councillors reject Hoskins’ proposed Calton Hill hotel

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December 17 2015

Councillors reject Hoskins’ proposed Calton Hill hotel
City of Edinburgh councillors have voted to reject a £75m hotel plan for the former Royal High School on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, ending months of at times fractious debate.

A spokesperson for the development team, comprising Duddingston House Properties and Urbanist Hotels, added: “Our contract with City of Edinburgh Council remains in place and we will now reflect on today’s outcome and consider our next steps. We remain committed to find a solution that ensures Edinburgh will not miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure a fully-funded and sensitive restoration of this important building.”       
 
Gareth Hoskins, managing director of Hoskins Architects, said: “I remain confident that this is not just an ambitious design but a sensitive and appropriate proposal that would revitalise Thomas Hamilton’s iconic building and breathe new life into Calton Hill for the people of Edinburgh and visitors alike. We will now take some time to review our options on how to take this important project forward.”

The decision to deny planning approval opens up the possibility that a rival scheme penned by Richard Murphy Architects and Simpson & Brown on behalf of The Royal High School Preservation Trust might now proceed instead.

4 Comments

Failed due to the lack of parklets.
#1 Posted by Failed due to the lack of parklets. on 18 Dec 2015 at 09:48 AM
It's a shame this scheme did not have enough parklets. There were green roofs, but they are just token gestures and not really embedded into the urban fabric like a parklet would have been.
Fraser
#2 Posted by Fraser on 18 Dec 2015 at 12:46 PM
What is it with the UR community to perpetuate this sarcasm, instead of actually focusing on the architecture. Putting that aside, I thought this proposal had merit. Considering the site I appreciated the boldness this had to offer. It will be interesting to see future iterations.
Sufferin Succotash
#3 Posted by Sufferin Succotash on 18 Dec 2015 at 13:13 PM
Lost by only one vote, huh? So they'll just lop a floor off this thing and it'll pass next time, right?
Kevin Mc Cann
#4 Posted by Kevin Mc Cann on 14 May 2016 at 17:41 PM
It does appear to be another total lack of foresight by some of this committee.
Saving and refurbishment of such great architecture is a must for the city of Edinburgh,not to mention the economical boost to a local skilled labour force.Start thinking globally by building locally.

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