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Five-star Haymarket hotel plans

Haymarket plans
An artist's impression of the 17-storey hotel

A huge 17-storey hotel forms the centrepiece for a 200m redevelopment for Haymarket in Edinburgh under plans submitted to the council.

The leaf shaped glass and stone-fronted five-star hotel, would be situated in Morrison Street goods yard.

A 246-bed Travelodge is planned next to the building as well as three office blocks.

If councillors give the go-ahead, developer Tiger Developments hopes to begin work on the scheme in 2008.

The hotel will act as a focal point and lantern to the western approach into the city centre
Richard Murphy

The Haymarket complex's luxury 180-bed hotel would be run by InterContinental and would include with a swimming pool and gym near the top floor.

More than 335,000 square feet of office space would also be built as part of the project, acting as an expansion to the Exchange blue-chip financial district.

A boulevard through the centre of the site, extending from Morrison Street to Dalry Road, would create a major pedestrian thoroughfare linking Haymarket and the Exchange, with cafes and retail outlets located in this area.

The submission of the planning application follows an extensive eight-month consultation with local residents, heritage groups and other key stakeholders.

Award-winning Edinburgh architects Richard Murphy, CDA and Sutherland Hussey were enlisted by Tiger Developments to draw up designs for The Haymarket.

The Haymarket is expected to attract almost 1,600 additional workers to the local area once completed and create another 400 jobs during construction.

Previous plans

John Nesbitt, managing director of Tiger Developments, said: "Tiger Developments has devoted much time and energy to listening to the local community and other key groups, and in doing so, has designed a scheme which will not only benefit the local area, but the city of Edinburgh as a whole."

Richard Murphy, who designed the master-plan for The Haymarket, said: "The Haymarket site deserves a building of significance and we believe the five-star hotel will redefine Haymarket in the same way as The Balmoral transformed the Waverley Valley and the Caledonian Hotel enhanced the West End of Edinburgh.

"The hotel will act as a focal point and lantern to the western approach into the city centre."

Previous plans for the area, drawn up by EDI, the council's development company, included a massive shopping arcade, offices, cafes, bars and restaurants.

The scheme received planning consent, but was sent back to the drawing board last year.

EDI was forced to put the site on the market because of the council's decision to use the firm's assets to help finance a massive equal pay settlement.

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