The identity of the operator has been revealed for the proposed boutique hotel project at the former Royal High School in Edinburgh.Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, which operates The Carlyle Hotel in New York and Rosewood Hotels in London and Beijing, has been selected to head up the £75 million project and plans have been submitted to the city council.
Plans show that the original A-listed building would remain as it currently stands, while glass galleries would lead guests to their rooms on the terraces.
The Royal High School building, which opened in 1829, has remained largely empty since the Royal High School moved to Barnton in the late 1960’s.
The developers claim the project will create up to 260 jobs in the hotel while supporting a further 310 roles in the supply chain and 270 in the tourism industry over the next ten years and will contribute more than £30 million a year to Edinburgh’s economy.
Rosewood expect the project to be completed during 2018. When finished, Rosewood Edinburgh would consist of 147 bedrooms, three restaurants, a Senses Spa, fitness centre and indoor swimming pool.
Scottish architect Gareth Hoskins has been tasked with the transforming the iconic building into a new luxury hotel. The plans are now with Edinburgh City Council and if given the go ahead, work will begin on the site in January 2016.