Plans have been submitted to convert the former W&R Chambers building, a C-listed structure in the Scottish capital, into a hotel or aparthotel, as stated in documents presented to Edinburgh planners.
Iceni Projects and O’Donnell Brown, representing HUBCAP, Thistle Propco Investment Ltd, have also requested permission for internal and external modifications.
The proposal aims to transform the existing office space into a hotel/aparthotel while preserving the warehouse’s historical character. The statement emphasises the benefits of the location at 11-15 Thistle Street, highlighting its accessibility and the positive impact the development would have on the world heritage site and the listed building itself.
The design of the new development is described as high-quality, paying homage to the site’s past while seamlessly integrating into the surrounding historic cityscape.
Originally constructed in the 19th century as a printing works and warehouse, the building holds historical significance as the former residence of renowned Edinburgh entrepreneurs William and Robert Chambers, who were responsible for the creation of the Chambers Encyclopaedia and Dictionary.
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