St Andrew Square rejuvenation continues with major hotel proposal
July 28 2017transformed into a 72-bedroom hotel at the hands of 3DReid following submission of plans by S Harrison Developments, extending a run of developer interest in the square following demolition of the former Scottish Provident building.
Buchan House, latterly home to IBM, sits in the heart of the New Town conservation area and will be rescued from a state of abandonment while improving accessibility for wheelchair users through careful alterations to existing railings and a stone upstand to allow a hoist to be inserted.
In order to preserve the integrity of the front facades bedrooms observe the scale and proportion of the current floorspace with existing sash and case windows retained and repaired with conservation rooflights bringing light to the attic space.
A remodeling of the interior will see a rear wall removed to open up a ground floor reception space, retaining period features such as Corinthian columns, cornices and downstands while a courtyard space to the rear will be met with a lightweight three storey glass extension with anodized aluminium cladding panels above a rendered base.
Outlining their approach to this new build portion of the scheme the architects stated: “The new façade derives its height from the gable end eaves of 2-5 St David Street and will be set back from the end gable to preserve the hierarchy of the existing building.
“The proposed fenestration of the prefabricated cladding elements and glazing will have a vertical emphasis to reinforce the identity of the Georgian New Town and form whilst giving a positive backdrop for the Portrait Gallery Garden Square.”
Subject to a positive decision by planner’s work could get underway on the 15 month build by early 2018.
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