Thursday, 18 August 2016

Luxury apartment block for Edinburgh

PLANS for the major renovation of the Royal Bank of Scotland's former home on St Andrew Square into one of Edinburgh's newest tourism developments have been announced. Due to open in summer 2017, The #Edinburgh Grand is the latest addition to luxury accommodation provider, Lateral City #Apartments' portfolio of serviced accommodation. 

The building will comprise 50 luxury apartments, many of which will feature retained original features. Plans also include restaurants, bars, retail outlets, and a gym.

Alongside the serviced apartments, Bon Vivant will be operating a coffee house and an evening venue offering late night entertainment and dining.

The Edinburgh Grand will also house a 200-cover bar and restaurant, located in the former banking hall, as well as further retail outlets.

Gavin MacLennan, general manager of Lateral City Apartments, said: ‘42 St Andrew Square is a building full of history and heritage, and after years of being closed to the general public, we are extremely excited to be working on what will become the pride of the city when complete.

‘Although relatively new to the market, Lateral City has established itself at the higher end of the serviced apartment sector, with a number of awards recognizing our unique approach. We're looking to replicate our current ethos in The Edinburgh Grand, which will sit well alongside our existing properties – Old Town Chambers and Merchiston Residence – and will offer an increased variety of options among the city's burgeoning serviced apartment sector. The kitchens in each apartment will offer guests the flexibility of preparing their own meals, making them suitable for both short city breaks and longer business stays.’

The Neo-Classical building was initially built between 1936 and 1942, gaining inspiration from Modernist American architecture.

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Picture Credit: By Thunderwing at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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