Design Awards 2016
Premier Inn Hotel, York Place, Edinburgh
Located within Edinburgh New Town and World Heritage Site, the hotel sits next to St. Paul’s & St. George’s Church on York Place. The hotel, providing 127 bedrooms for Premier Inn, is a conversion of a 1970’s exposed concrete office, stripped back to structure, and given a new contextually appropriate lease of life. The existing massing allows for a quiet, respectful relationship to the existing buildings on York Place, while taking advantage of dramatic views to the north over the Firth of Forth.
Holmes Miller worked closely with City of Edinburgh Council to produce a design sympathetic to the sensitive and historic context, whilst being contemporary and refined. The development creates the missing link to the streetscape created by the 1970’s office building.
Clad in stone, zinc and full height glazing, the building is enhanced by a restrained approach to detailing and proportion. A subtle variation at ground floor provides a sense of scale, activating the streetscape.