Premier Inn, York Place, Edinburgh



Main contractor

Interserve Construction

Sub contractor

Clad UK


Holmes Miller


Generix Stone Cladding

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This development for Consensus Capital Ltd comprises a comprehensive conversion of a 40,000 sq ft existing 1970s office building, located centrally within the New Town and World Heritage sites in Edinburgh, providing a new 127-bedroom hotel for Premier Inn next to St. Paul's & St. George's Church on York Place. A former concrete office block once occupied by HM Revenue & Customs, the development has provided a contextually sensitive new lease of life to the prestigious site.

Taylor Maxwell worked with Holmes Miller, Interserve Construction and Clad UK to specify and supply the Generix stone rainscreen system in a natural buff stone shade to provide a contemporary yet sympathetic finish that was required for the building's historical context. Manufactured by Ibstock Futures, Generix stone cladding is exclusively distributed by Taylor Maxwell in the UK.

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Careful consideration had to be given to the external appearance of the building and therefore Holmes Miller worked closely with the City of Edinburgh planning department to produce a design that was sympathetic to the sensitive and historic context, whilst also being contemporary, refined and elegant. The new hotel was to be less than a minute's walk from the Edinburgh Play House, Princes Street and St Andrew Square, all of which demonstrate the New Town's Georgian and neo-classical architectural style.

The City of Edinburgh is famous for having some of the most beautiful stone-constructed buildings in Europe which can be traced back to it's volcanic history, leaving vast sandstone resources in the area. These resources were heavily exploited in the 18th century, with a decline following the First World War after the introduction of concrete which was shortly reversed when architects recognised the natural product as not only more aesthetically pleasing, but more durable. The Generix stone cladding system provided the perfect solution to achieving a natural stone facade, whilst benefitting from additional benefits such as fast-track installation.

Our design team worked in close partnership with Edinburgh Council, Premier Inn and Interserve Construc­tion to ensure delivery of a high quality building and brand in this planning sensitive area within the World Heritage Site of Edinburgh’s New Town.

Mark Emlick
CEO - Consensus Capital Group

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Sitting comfortably within its locale, the Premier Inn was completed using the Generix natural stone cladding, along with zinc panels and full height glazing. Generix provided the project with a cost-effective, lightweight and fast-track alternative to to a traditional build method using solid stone. Alongside providing the harmonious finish required for the building to blend within its historic setting, the stone rainscreen system worked perfectly with the other building materials utilised on the project.

The buff stone selected achieves the elegant and timeless facade finish the architects were aiming to achieve and due to its durable nature, provides all involved with the confidence that it will stand the test of time.

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