ISG is set to convert the former BHS store at 64 Princes Street into a 137-bed Premier Inn. The mixed-use development also includes the delivery of two new restaurants on Rose Street, and a flagship 40,000 square foot retail store on Princes Street, which involves linked buildings on Princes Street and Rose Street.
The £20.5 million scheme sees the contractor demolish the existing Rose Street property and erect a new hybrid concrete and steel frame building, extending one additional storey higher on the site.
A further floor will also be added to the Princes Street building, which will be physically linked to the Rose Street site via a new bridge. The transformation of the site is completed with replacement of the existing window sections on the Princes Street building’s façade, with work scheduled for completion in spring 2020.
The company’s second hospitality win is the multi-million-pound redevelopment of Erskine House on Edinburgh’s Queen Street, to create a 280 ‘cabin’ hotel for Starwood Capital in partnership with YOTEL. The hotel’s new design concept has been successfully launched in New York, London and Singapore, and Edinburgh will become the next city to feature YOTEL’s unique stylistic theme – reviving the comfort of luxury travel.
ISG will extensively reconfigure space within the former office building, including the refurbishment of a large double-height glazed atrium to create an impressive screening room and events space, with a destination bar fronting Queen Street.
Facilities will also include a fully equipped luxury gym and spa, and YOTEL’s renowned Club Lounge concept, with flexible meeting and co-working space. The hotel is scheduled to open in early 2019.
“Edinburgh’s global appeal as a top travel destination creates significant opportunity for forward thinking developers and hotel operators,” comments Andy McLinden, managing director for ISG’s Construction North and Scotland business.
“Demand for quality hotel accommodation consistently outstrips supply throughout the year, and predictions that 9,000 new rooms will be needed by 2021 to simply keep pace with rising visitor numbers shows the scale of the challenge.”