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Pre-Christmas launch for New Waverley square and aparthotel

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November 24 2016

Pre-Christmas launch for New Waverley square and aparthotel
Artisan Real Estate Investors are to take possession of an early Christmas present this year with the December opening of the 146-apartment Aparthotels Adagio, a new public square and walkway at their New Waverley development.

Opening on 19 December the development will connect the Royal Mile to the Canongate district by way of a football-pitch sized public space, which will be used to host markets and arts events. This new square will connect to the Royal Mile by way of a covered walkway based on the city’s historic ‘Wynds’ and will be joined by an aparthotel behind the historic façade of two 1930’s tenement buildings overlooking the Royal Mile, one of which is C-listed.

Jose Gómez, general manager of Aparthotels Adagio commented: “With a superb position overlooking both the Royal Mile and the new public square, the aparthotel will be a major visitor draw which will reignite interest in this historic part of the Old Town.  We are working with New Waverley to ensure our aparthotel reflects the area’s unique link with the history and culture of the Old Town, providing our guests with an exceptional base from which to enjoy this fantastic city and surrounding area.”

A further phase of work will deliver 148 new homes and 180,000sq/ft of grade A office space in 2017.
The aparthotel offers hotel services with studio and one-bed apartments
The aparthotel offers hotel services with studio and one-bed apartments
The former Sailor's Ark building helped feed the homeless around the second world war
The former Sailor's Ark building helped feed the homeless around the second world war

4 Comments

Cadmonkey
#1 Posted by Cadmonkey on 24 Nov 2016 at 19:35 PM
Shame the clumsy old "listed building" had to be kept.
I can't believe anyone actually likes it.
It could have contributed so much more to the Royal Mile if they had been allowed to drop it.
RickyRozay
#2 Posted by RickyRozay on 25 Nov 2016 at 13:05 PM
I have to agree, this is not a nice facade worth keeping. In fact the whole facade retention thing is a bit of a cop out instead of sorting a building out.
Basho
#3 Posted by Basho on 26 Nov 2016 at 13:12 PM
The facade is old-ish, and its got a kind of square turret thing. The tourists will love it.
Islands of sanity
#4 Posted by Islands of sanity on 28 Nov 2016 at 16:28 PM
I am pleased that Sailors Ark was retained. Not every building is blessed by being designed by that rich Scottish blend of Tarbolton and Ochterlony. I hear that the old school, Caltongate Venture has been sold on and I hope this is not a prelude to an LBC for demolition. The masterplan makes it quite clear that this is a pivotal transistional building between old and new.

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