Developer submits plans for hotel on Edinburgh's St Andrew Square

Published: 30 October 2017

Yorkshire developer S Harrison has submitted plans for a 72-bedroom hotel in Edinburgh's St Andrew Square. We spoke to development director David Clancy.

Your business in brief?

S Harrison is a privately-owned development company, which was founded in York in 1952 by the late Stanley Harrison. Under the leadership of Stanley's son Martyn, the group has gone from strength to strength and currently employs a 14-strong team.

There’s so much going on in Edinburgh that it’s impossible not to be attracted to it. In and around St Andrew Square, there’s an incredible amount of investment with the redevelopment of the St James Centre, the proposed new concert hall, and the new offices and apartments...

David Clancy, Development Director, S Harrison

 

Although we remain heavily involved in a wide range of projects throughout our Yorkshire heartland, today we’re very much a national development company with projects throughout the UK, spanning mixed-use, residential, retail, industrial, office and commercial, educational and leisure schemes.

We work with many market leading names, including Hotel du Vin, Premier Inn, Travelodge, B & M Stores, University of Leeds, York St John University, Empiric Student Properties and City of York Council among them.

In the year to 31st December 2016, we enjoyed our best financial results since 2007, with pre-tax profits of £4m, up from £2.8m, on turnover of £28m – which soared from £18m on the previous year. 

Developer S Harrison has submitted a planning application to transform Buchan House into a 72-bedroom hotel.

Why are these plans significant?

We’ve submitted a planning application to transform Buchan House into a stunning 72-bedroom hotel complete with high quality bar and restaurant areas, which would be owned and operated by one of the UK’s leading hotel brands. 

The Grade A listed property is one of St Andrew Square’s most prominent and historic buildings and consists of several buildings that cover approximately 44,000 sqft on the north-west corner of Saint Andrew Square, where it meets North Saint David Street. 

The main part of the building was built in 1775 as five houses by renowned architect and builder John Young, who was the first tradesman to build in Edinburgh’s New Town. The entire property is steeped in history and was home to a wide range of eminent Edinburgh individuals, ranging from politicians to Lords and business leaders, during its time as a residential address. Henry Brougham, who became Lord Chancellor in 1830, was born in the property in 1778.

More recently it was used as offices by computer giant IBM, which took occupation in 1974. The building has stood empty in recent years and it now forms part of Edinburgh’s New Town Conservation Area and also is part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.  

What makes Edinburgh an attractive market for you?

The city is full of glorious buildings and magnificent history, providing opportunities for us to use our expertise and experience in bringing old buildings back to life in a sympathetic way.

There’s so much going on in Edinburgh that it’s impossible not to be attracted to it. In and around St Andrew Square, there’s an incredible amount of investment with the redevelopment of the St James Centre, the proposed new concert hall, and the new offices and apartments currently on site in the south west corner of the square. Work also recently completed on Standard Life’s joint venture with Peveril Securities, delivering modern office space for them and some new names to the Edinburgh restaurant scene including ‘The Ivy on The Square’, which opened recently.  All this makes it a really exciting time for the city as a whole.   

S Harrison is a privately-owned development company, which was founded in York in 1952.

Any other Edinburgh projects?

Last year S Harrison completed work on another prominent Edinburgh development when it transformed a challenging gap site on Leith Walk, that in the past was part of Edinburgh’s original Botanic Gardens, into a £23million, 240 bedroom, retail and student accommodation scheme, known as Haddington Place

We have also recently purchased a site on the waterfront in Leith and will be announcing our plans for it soon. There are several other exciting opportunities in and around Edinburgh currently being explored and we are always open to any other potential developments that could be of interest to us.

 

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you and your business establish, relocate or expand within the city region, or would simply like more information about what Edinburgh has to offer, get in touch today.

E: invest@edinburgh.gov.uk

 

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