ICA finalise plans for Old Town hotel
October 6 2015submitted a planning application for the construction of a four-star hotel in Edinburgh’s Old Town as part of a £65m regeneration push for the A-listed India Buildings on Victoria Street.
Drawn up on behalf of Jansons Property the scheme would have the 235-bed hotel at its heart, surrounded by a new entertainment destination of bars, restaurants, cafes and public space.
The plans call for extensive renovations to the historic buildings, including a spectacular three-tier domed rotunda, as well as renovations to the neighbouring B-listed Cowgatehead Church (including construction of a new build symmetrical wing) and the repair and extension of a C-listed building.
These would be interlinked by new build elements spanning a gap site on Cowgatehead faced in secondary printed glass skin, sandstone panels and standing seam bronze cladding.
In their design statement ICA observed: “The proposed new build element steps up from a tenemental datum of five storeys on Cowgate upwards towards the India Buildings.
“This is manifested in the form of south facing dual pitched gables. These start above the Cowgate elevation and stop short of the roofscape of the India Buildings itself in keeping with the Old Town character of changing roof topography.”
Assuming approval is forthcoming work could commence by the summer for completion at the tail end of 2017.
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