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Edinburgh’s Ocean Terminal set for 28 storey hotel tower

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February 12 2016

Edinburgh’s Ocean Terminal set for 28 storey hotel tower
Ocean Terminal and Hodder Planning have staged a public consultation over plans to build a 28-storey (96m) hotel tower to the north east of the existing waterfront shopping mall.

Aiming to capitalise on the booming tourism sector and a future tram stop the scheme will seek to bring life to a waterfront by incorporating the city council’s aspirations for a new promenade to the rear of Ocean Terminal whilst mitigating some of the dead ends and service bays that characterise the site at present.

Designed by Keppie the tower has been conceived as a set-piece addition to the waterfront, dominating the existing complex and nearby Royal Yacht Britannia.

A second public consultation is scheduled for 24 February between 15:30 and 19:30 on the ground floor of Ocean terminal outside Debenhams, a planning application will follow by March 2016 although construction won’t commence until a hotel operator is found.


#1 Posted by Neil on 12 Feb 2016 at 14:33 PM
28 storeys of Keppie? Can hardly wait.
Trombe Wall
#2 Posted by Trombe Wall on 12 Feb 2016 at 16:07 PM
Same old storey.
#3 Posted by basho on 12 Feb 2016 at 17:01 PM
Very few planning restraints round here. Couldn't Keppie come up with something a bit more inspired? It looks like a dull office block. Use that thing called 'imagination'. Pick up a copy of Architectural Review for God's sake.
#4 Posted by John on 12 Feb 2016 at 20:20 PM
'Dominating the existing complex and nearby Royal Yacht'. You mean ignoring all context and scale? There is nothing about this building at single storey that would justify copy and pasting it above a further 27 times.
Looks like Sighthill got fed up with Glasgow and shimmied along the M8.
#5 Posted by Jamie on 14 Feb 2016 at 15:19 PM
The very fact that there is no hotel operator suggest no one is interested in this apart from the developer
#6 Posted by Nelly on 15 Feb 2016 at 10:38 AM
Location-wise perfect; in the part of Edinburgh in which new tall buildings make most sense, however the design could be alot more exciting...
#7 Posted by DJT on 15 Feb 2016 at 10:39 AM
This is depressing. Agree with #2,3,4
Either there is no more design talent left in Keppie or they just have sold their sole to the devil.
It is a pity that in 2016, The Scottish year of Architecture, this is the best they can produce. You see all the dross that is said on by their marketing machine and wonder if they just practiced a tiny percentage of what they preach, they should be able to come with something much better then this.
#8 Posted by CADMonkey on 15 Feb 2016 at 11:35 AM
Can readers who complain about the constant negative comments placed on this site please say something positive about this proposal.

Ahem...I like the way the ribbon windows echo the neighbouring car park and office scheme.
It will also blend into the sky on a grey day.
What's not to like?
#9 Posted by KLD on 15 Feb 2016 at 13:33 PM
Looks like this is just to show the massing so I'll reserve judgement on the appearance till the materials, etc, are announced. Good to see some aspiration in Leith again, though.
#10 Posted by Gonzo on 17 Feb 2016 at 07:54 AM
Hoorah!! Someone has worked out it could actually be just a massing model with this initial image created solely as a means to engage the public. UR certainly know how to feed pessimists although always an enjoyable read.

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