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Edinburgh council reject plans for old Royal High school hotel

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Edinburgh council reject plans for old Royal High school hotel

The 1825 building is one of the UK’s most-treasured neo-classical buildings. Plans were submmited to demolish part of the site and erect a five-star hotel

Councillors in Edinburgh have narrowly rejected plans for a major luxury hotel on the site of the old Royal High school, one of the UK’s most treasured neo-classical buildings.

Councillors voted by nine to six against the plans to erect two large stepped wings to flank the Greek revival building on Calton Hill – once mooted as a home for the Scottish parliament, and to demolish parts of the site to create a new five-star hotel.

The latest of a series of disputes over the city’s heritage and its revitalisation, mirrored by a heated debate over another hotel development known by its critics as “the turd”, the controversial design by architect Gareth Hoskins for the high school split the council.

A key architectural feature on Calton Hill in the New Town, the high school was built in 1825 by architect Thomas Hamilton. There is a rival proposal, funded by the millionaire arts philanthropist Carol Colburn Grigor, to build a music school on the site which has yet to be formally submitted to the council. …

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