Edinburgh office to hotel bid capitalises on tourism boom
August 17 2018
CDA have filed plans for the office to hotel transformation of a vacant 1970s commercial block at Osborne Terrace, Edinburgh, to capitalise on surging tourist numbers and business stays.
Osborne House has been acquired by Yorkshire-based developer S Harrison with a view to carving out 157 bedrooms; accommodated within its floorplates in addition to two new build rear extensions clad in render and dark grey aluminium and a new rooftop extension.
In their design statement the architects said: “From Osborne Terrace, the proportions of the existing building appear quite squat. We are proposing a simple, high quality, single storey, curtain wall roof extension, which will contain additional hotel rooms and services.
“The ground floor of the new extension is adjacent to the proposed servicing bay and therefore needs to be a robust construction to accommodate delivery trollies and bins etc. As a result, it is proposed that this ground floor will be clad in concrete panels with recessed channels, which relates back to the concrete of the existing building and reflects the pattern of the fins on the upper floors.”
Rear elevations will be kept purposefully simple in deference to neighbouring residential properties.
The existing concrete facade will be retained with the addition of aluminium infill panels between fins
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