Planning has been granted, subject to conditions, by a committee of City of Edinburgh Council for a new 55-room aparthotel on Forth Street and Broughton Street Lane.
Supercity Aparthotels’ first operation in Edinburgh will incorporate Forth House and Playfair House – current home to Radio Forth – with associated parking, landscaping and ancillary works.
Plans include a lounge and bar area, with reception facilities provided on a 24/7 basis, along with a gym.
It is estimated that around 18 jobs will be created by the new operation.
The front of B-listed Forth House will remain mostly unchanged, although minor changes are proposed on the rear elevation, such as changing an existing opening to a door.
Modern Playfair House, fronting Broughton Street Lane, will be stripped back to its superstructure and a new facade of natural stone and precast concrete built to align with adjacent buildings, reinstating the mews street frontage.
The existing parking provision is being reduced from 24 spaces to seven. There is some demand for parking associated with the business which will be located within the building undercroft and will not be visible from the street.
Five of the car parking spaces will include electric vehicle charging points, while 10 cycle parking spaces will be located internally, with an additional four external spaces in the car park.
Roger Walters, chairman of Supercity Aparthotels, commented: “We are delighted that our aparthotel operation has been approved by the committee, which will preserve the fabulous Forth House.
“This is an excellent location for our first operation in Edinburgh, lying close to the busy city centre and will also serve to benefit the community through reducing movements to and from the building than is currently the case.
“We look forward to working commencing onsite and will continue to engage with the community to ensure that it is kept updated as works progress.”
Supercity Aparthotels currently has six properties in London, Manchester and Brighton, with two new locations in York and Leeds opening by 2023.
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