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24 Nov 2017

Market Street Hotel

The Carlton Hotel Collection

Work on £20m boutique hotel for Edinburgh Old Town gap site reaches ‘topping out’ milestone

Work on building a new £20m hotel on a well-known gap site in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town has reached a crucial milestone with the building reaching its highest point.

Market Street Hotel Edinburgh

Developer EDI Group and Carlton Hotel Collection are creating the 98-room design boutique hotel on Market Street on land between Craig’s Close and the City Arts Centre which has lain derelict for more than 50 years.

Market Street Hotel Edinburgh

Situated right in the heart of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage and Old Town Conservation Area, construction of the seven-storey hotel will transform the last remaining gap site on the northern boundary of the Old Town, between Edinburgh Castle and North Bridge.

The project construction, first begun in May 2016, has proved a huge design challenge with the site surrounded by historic buildings on three sides and by the busy Market Street and Waverley Station directly in front.

Market Street Hotel Edinburgh

But now that the steel ‘backbone’ of the building is in place, work on the exterior and interior of the landmark building will now accelerate, with the hotel due for completion in late Summer 2018.
Once open, guests to the four-star hotel will be able to enjoy a top floor lounge with panoramic views across the Waverley Valley from Princes Street Gardens to Calton Hill from a specially-designed champagne bar roof terrace.

A ceremonial ‘topping out’ earlier this week saw EDI Group’s Operations Director Eric Adair and the firm’s Head of Development Mark Harris, accompanied by Andy McLinden Managing Director of main contractor ISG’s UK Construction North and Scotland businesses, tighten a last ‘golden’ bolt on the frame witnessed by Carlton Hotel Collection’s Director of Operations Hans van der Heijden and Sales Director Christa van Camp.

Market Street Hotel Edinburgh

Mr Adair said: “Today marks an important milestone in the ambitious project bringing life back to this well-known gap site.

“Creating and constructing a fitting design that works for Market Street has been a challenge for all of the team involved but it is a great example of what EDI can do. With steelwork complete we can now really see the hotel taking shape.

“While there is still much to be done, I have no doubt that the hotel will be a vital addition to the city’s hospitality offering for visitors and residents alike in what is a spectacular location.
Mr van der Heijden said: “We are excited about this project and can’t wait to open our doors. Market Street Hotel will be the first Design Hotel™ in Edinburgh, and will bring a new dimension to the city’s hotel supply.

“On the top floor we’ll be introducing Nor’loft, a uniquely designed lounge with a “champagne table” where guests can enjoy their bubbles whilst gazing out across the spectacular skyline view. This impressive top floor will bring a new vibe and face to the city’s nightlife.”

l-r, Andy McLinden, Eric Adair, Christa van Camp, Mark Harris, Hans van der Heijden tighten the final ‘golden’ bolt:
Market Street Hotel Edinburgh topping out

ISG’s Mr McLinden, said: “This is a transformational project for one of the few remaining new build sites in the Old Town area, with a design and exacting specification worthy of this key strategic location. Reaching this milestone is a moment for all project stakeholders to come together and celebrate an immense engineering and construction achievement, that paves the way for an outstanding addition to Edinburgh’s acclaimed hospitality offer.”

The Carlton Hotel Collection, founded in 1985, is part of Hotel Management International, which owns, operates and manages ten quality four-star hotels in the Netherlands, Belgium, England and Scotland. The Market Street venture is the firm’s first hotel in the capital.

l-r, Christa van Camp, Andy McLinden, Hans van der Heijden:
Market Street Hotel topping out

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About The EDI Group Ltd

The EDI Group Ltd ( is a property development and investment business. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the City of Edinburgh Council. The company’s vision is to build Edinburgh’s world status as an aspirational place to live and breathe by maximising the positive impact of land and buildings. It aims to create inspirational spaces for workers, residents and global visitors.

Since its inception in 1988, EDI, alongside its joint venture partners, has delivered many award-winning projects, such as The Tron and Edinburgh Park. The company has also won a number of masterplanning and architecture awards and commendations, including India Quay at Fountainbridge and both the Greendykes and Wauchope Square areas of Craigmillar, demonstrating EDI’s reputation for innovative and high quality developments.

The business also has interests in a number of core, long-term, regeneration projects in Edinburgh including Craigmillar, the Granton Waterfront development and India Quay/Fountainbridge which won Best Achievement in Masterplanning at the Scottish Property Federation 2015.

Previously on Edinburgh Architecture:

Market Street Hotel, Edinburgh Old Town

26 Mar 2017

New Waverley

New Waverley Building Images

Some pictures of recent Premier Inn on Market Street:

Premier Inn on Market Street
photo courtesy of New Waverley

Caltongate Edinburgh

New Waverley Edinburgh

Website: New Waverley Development

Designers working on the project:
PagePark Architects
Malcolm Fraser Architects
Zone Architects

Caltongate development context : Edinburgh Old Town

Calton Gate – Gensler Architects
£100m mixed-use development, New Street, Edinburgh, Lothian
received detailed planning permission from City of Edinburgh Council:
Calton Gate, Edinburgh
redevelopment image from Gensler Architects

Calton Gate was designed for the Cuckfield Group by one of the world’s largest Architects practices, Gensler, with Hackland & Dore Architects of Edinburgh

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