Elevated 'garden sanctuary' to crown Cowgate hotel
March 22 2021
An under-construction Edinburgh hotel is to benefit from the addition of a seventh-floor 'garden sanctuary', affording guests and the public a chance to soak up rooftop views.
The Virgin Hotel within and around the Old Town India Buildings is subject to a late amendment by ICA Architects that would permit the creation of an 86sq/m outdoor space without the need for any structural alterations.
Instead, unutilised roof space overlooking the Cowgate would be handed over to garden planters and outdoor benches and chairs, with only a setback 1.1m bronze steel perimeter balustrade betraying the use change.
In a statement, ICA wrote: "The development of a rooftop garden is to provide hotel guests, event attendees, restaurant guests and local residents alike with a relaxing outdoor space, capturing fantastic views over the Edinburgh Old Town roofscape towards Edinburgh Castle and beyond.
"The proposals do not include any structural alterations to the existing consented design and require no new construction other than the provision of a balustrade to delineate the accessible roof space."
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