Edinburgh’s Advocate's Close redevelopment nears completion
January 25 2013Motel 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.”
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