A - Investment with a long term view
B - Engagement with Princes Street Gardens and promoting the greening of Princes Street
C - Create a high-quality design and a sustainable asset, fit for the future aspirations of Princes Street
D - Restoration of Castle views, to be shared with all
E - Reinstatement of the pedestrian link between Princes Street & Rose Street
F - Activation of the ground floor along Princes Street
The redevelopment proposals seeks to protect the listed façade; create and restore castle views; maintain a vibrant active ground floor frontage onto Princes Street; improve public accessibility; and deliver a high quality, iconic building which is fit for the future. The location presents the opportunity to create a landmark hotel, delivering an offer unique from the other hotels in Edinburgh.
The scale of this development and investment will be ambitious in its design and sustainability credentials – suitable for the aspirations of Princes Street —and will continue to positively contribute towards the city being an outstanding area in which to live, work and do business.
In line with Legal & General’s commitment to sustainable development, we will look to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating on the site, considering the environmental, social and economic performance of the building. In addition to this, Legal & General will look to undertake additional carbon reduction, economic and social benefits studies. A brief has been set to raise the bar in terms of a sustainable design approach and to foster strong and authentic community engagement.
The existing building’s condition presents a number of challenges, including misaligned floors and windows, deep dark floor plates and a confusing internal journey from the front to the back of the building. The proposed concept design creates and restores castle views by resolving the alignment of floors and windows and creates a coherent and exciting journey through the building. A characterful and vibrant hotel with a ground floor restaurant, basement spa and a rooftop bar are proposed. High quality, flexible spaces will provide opportunities to showcase local artists and host Fringe performers.