Inspired by 19th century Irish literary giant Oscar Wilde, Wilde Aparthotels Edinburgh will, as its centrepiece, feature an arts facility incorporating a gallery and exhibition space.
This will house art installations open for view to the general public. The space will present an impressive frontage onto King’s Stables Road and will aim to profile the work of local artists. Originally used as a medieval tiltyard for jousting tournaments in honour of James IV, King’s Stables Road later became home to the Royal horses.
This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us. The historic King’s Stables Road provides an amazing setting for our latest venture...With the brand’s strong link to icon Oscar Wilde we hope the arts facility will become a destination in its own right.Barry Hickey, Group development director, Staycity Aparthotel
The historic site, currently owned by the City of Edinburgh Council, had formerly been used as offices, storage premises and workshops but has been vacant since 2009, although has more recently played host to an Arts Festival. While the majority of the scheme is new-build, parts of the historic medieval wall will be incorporated into the build, reflecting its historic past.
Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity will offer apartments together with lounge, café, and gym facilities. The development, undertaken by Peveril Securities and Campus Development Management, forms part of a wider mixed-use scheme comprising residential and commercial units as well as student accommodation. Work is scheduled to start at the end of 2017, with the apartments expected to open in the latter part of 2019...