Formal planning application lodged for Calton Hill hotel
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September 2 2015final design proposals for the £75m conversion of Edinburgh’s former Royal High School building into a new hotel following extensive pre-application consultations.
The finalised designs show two wings of new build bedroom accommodation flanking the Thomas Hamilton designed school, employing a rippling façade of undulating copper above landscaped terracing taking inspiration from the surrounding volcanic landscape.
Hoskins said: “The design focuses around an informed restoration of the central Hamilton-designed building, repairing its decaying fabric and maintaining the strong sculptural presence of its frontage without intervention. The existing building will be entirely given over to the public areas of the new hotel allowing its spaces to be fully accessible for the first time in the building’s history.
“The contrast of the form and colour of the new elements, together with the considered approach to the landscaping of not just the site but the streetscape around the former high school, allow this hugely important building to retain and reinforce its prominence as a key Edinburgh landmark. The proposed design will create not only a setting appropriate to the stature of the building but, along with other initiatives such as Collective Gallery within the observatory, it should also bring about a level of change that allows Calton Hill to once again become an active and vibrant destination and place within Scotland’s capital city.”
This follows confirmation that Rosewood Hotels and Resorts have been selected by Duddingston House Properties and Urbanist Hotels to manage the venue.
The western entrance references the precedent set in Edinburgh's New Town for curved buildings addressing important junctions
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