About the project

For almost ten years this complex and sensitive site within the Edinburgh World Heritage Site and the Old Town Conservation Area lay vacant, following a devastating fire in 2002. The development incorporates a 259 bedroom hotel, retail space on South Bridge, commercial uses on Cowgate, the re-establishment of the jazz club La Belle Angele that was located on the site prior to the fire and extensive new public realm space, significantly enhancing routes through and around this part of the Old Town. The contextual design was developed concurrently with extensive consultations with key parties. This intensive and 'open book' design process resulted in Ica gaining a Planning Consent for our Client within just 3 months of submitting a Planning Application for this major development.