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Edinburgh’s Advocate's Close redevelopment nears completion

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January 25 2013

Edinburgh’s Advocate's Close redevelopment nears completion
Phase one of a £45m redevelopment of Edinburgh’s Advocates Close has been completed with the handover of keys to a 208 bedroom Motel One by Chris Stewart Group.

Designed by Morgan McDonnell alongside main contractor Interserve Advocate's Close links five separate buildings in the historic Old Town with further phasing set to deliver 29 serviced apartments, three restaurants and 7,000sq/ft of office space upon completion in the spring.

Work on the project began four years ago and involves transformation of a number of back lanes into a new leisure destination whilst preserving architectural features such as exposed brickwork, gabled ceilings and 15th century hand-painted wall panels.

It also reinstates the original massing of buildings in a contemporary context and incorporates one of the oldest town houses in the city the project has also revealed a number of subterranean passageways linking  Advocate’s Close to Roxburgh Close.

Chris Stewart, CEO of CSG, said: “Advocate’s Close is a labour of love with every detail meticulously planned and executed. We have designed-in open spaces and a new ‘square’ as well as ways to create vistas from the top of the close out and over Princes Street Gardens beyond.

“The serviced apartments and restaurants emerge from the solid remains of fifteenth century Edinburgh, rising above the rooftops to offer a unique 360 degree aspect of the city using materials that will stand the test of modern times and tastes.”

1 Comment

Lincoln Meredith
#1 Posted by Lincoln Meredith on 17 Jun 2013 at 18:12 PM
Hi, I can't explain this, but for some time ive been having some strange dreams of being in old fashioned passages around Advocates place leading me down them & passing old fashioned doorways, I would love to see the hidden passages if you have any old pictures of them (who knows their may be a link?)

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