Erskine House, Queen Street sits in the heart of the New Town Conservation Area and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Edinburgh. The 7 storey office building is to be converted into a 276 bedroom hotel on behalf of YOTEL, their first venture in the UK outside of London. Incorporating YOTEL’s unique brand of affordable luxury ‘cabin’ accommodation, inspired by first class air travel, incorporating clever space-saving techniques and technological innovation.
At ground floor level a new café and lounge bar will be incorporated, bringing active frontage to the street, creating a continuation of traditional new town urbanism. A multi-function club lounge/dining area, utilising a double storey height space, will address the YOTEL commitment to providing technological innovation within their hotels, taking the form of a 360° digital laser projection system.
The proposal maintains the existing facades of Erskine House with the development improving the existing and rear courtyard facades. The courtyard facades will be replaced with a vibrant fenestration and white render and include alterations to the existing atrium to ensure natural light is enhanced at the lower levels of the building