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Old Town serviced apartments secure planning go-ahead

May 29 2013

Old Town serviced apartments secure planning go-ahead
A £1m scheme to convert Edinburgh’s 16th century Adam Bothwell House into five serviced apartments has been given the thumbs up from planners.

Part of a wider regeneration of the Advocates Close area of Edinburgh’s Old Town the scheme will be the twelfth building off the Royal Mile to be regenerated by The Chris Stewart Group as part of a £45m mixed-use scheme incorporating a hotel, restaurants and office accommodation together with upgraded public spaces and a new square.

Work on the project is expected to commence in September for completion by February 2014 and will entail opening up blocked windows and doorways and reinstating original timber panels and doors.

Chris Stewart, CEO of The Chris Stewart Group, said: “We are delighted to secure Bothwell House as part of the Advocate’s Close regeneration plan. It is a significant building with a remarkable heritage, which deserves to be given new life and a fresh future.”

The A-listed property was formerly home to the Faculty of Advocates and was initially built as the home of Adam Bothwell, the Bishop of Orkney.  It will be re-branded as ‘The Chambers’ alongside 32 other serviced apartments in the development.

Interserve is the schemes main contractor and the architect is Morgan McDonnell.

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