Landscape Hotels Ltd has submitted plans for a £30 million eco-friendly hotel development near the Midlothian Snowsport Centre, home to Britain’s longest artificial ski slope. The proposal focuses on sustainability and seeks to blend seamlessly with the natural environment of the Pentland Hills.
According to the plans, the proposed hotel would house 102 rooms in its central structure and an additional 38 eco-suites spread around the main building.
The eco-hotel, set within a 5.12-hectare site in the Pentland Hills, is expected to transform the Calderstones estate. The plans include an outdoor pool and a spa garden.
The development proposal comes a decade after the centre was nearly closed due to annual operating losses of £500,000. A successful Facebook group campaign mobilised almost 30,000 members, persuading the city council to keep the centre open.
Landscape Hotels Scotland has committed to eco-friendly practices, including a significant focus on minimising environmental impact including tree planting initiatives following local opposition to a previous application to develop the site which was withdrawn because of concerns over the potential impact on the Pentland Hills.
Picture: Calderstones eco-hotel plan (ADP Architecture)