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News Archive - February/March 2013
UK’s first Motel One delivered in £45m scheme
The first stage of the £45m Advocate’s Close redevelopment project in Edinburgh has completed.
Development company Chris Stewart Group has handed over a 208-room hotel to German hotel group, Motel One, on time and on budget. The UK’s first Motel One links five separate buildings to capitalise on the historical character of the site.
In addition to the 85,000sq ft hotel, the 140,000sq ft site includes 29 serviced apartments, three restaurant spaces (covering 18,500sq ft) and 7,000sq ft of office accommodation. All are on schedule for completion in the spring and ahead of the 2013 Edinburgh festival season.
The Advocate’s Close redevelopment project, which started four years ago, has involved working on a site of great historic significance, including preserving or recreating extensive historical architectural features and reinstating the original shaping of buildings in a contemporary context. The site includes one of Edinburgh’s oldest town houses and has revealed buried interconnecting passageways linking Advocate’s Close to Roxburgh Close.
Local stonemasons have built the first crows step gable for over a hundred years and the design and construction of the serviced apartments has retained as many original features as possible, including exposed brick work, gabled ceilings and fifteenth century hand painted wall panels.
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