Councillors reject Hoskins’ proposed Calton Hill hotel
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December 17 2015£75m hotel plan for the former Royal High School on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, ending months of at times fractious debate.
A spokesperson for the development team, comprising Duddingston House Properties and Urbanist Hotels, added: “Our contract with City of Edinburgh Council remains in place and we will now reflect on today’s outcome and consider our next steps. We remain committed to find a solution that ensures Edinburgh will not miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure a fully-funded and sensitive restoration of this important building.”
Gareth Hoskins, managing director of Hoskins Architects, said: “I remain confident that this is not just an ambitious design but a sensitive and appropriate proposal that would revitalise Thomas Hamilton’s iconic building and breathe new life into Calton Hill for the people of Edinburgh and visitors alike. We will now take some time to review our options on how to take this important project forward.”
The decision to deny planning approval opens up the possibility that a rival scheme penned by Richard Murphy Architects and Simpson & Brown on behalf of The Royal High School Preservation Trust might now proceed instead.
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