Landmark development

Thomas & Adamson to steer Virgin Hotel project

Brian Donaldaon
Brian Donaldson: iconic project

Thomas & Adamson, the global construction and property consultancy, will oversee the development of the UK’s first Virgin Hotel in Edinburgh’s Old Town.

The company, which has two Scottish offices in the capital and Glasgow, has been revealed as project manager and quantity surveyor for the landmark development.

The 225-bed project, the first Virgin Hotel outside of the USA, will occupy the 19th Century India Buildings on Victoria Street and is set to open in 2020.

The scope of work comprises refurbishment of the three existing listed buildings and a new-build pavilion extension housing guest rooms, landscaping and public realm works.

The project will be developed by Flemyn LLP assisted by Jansons Property and managed by Virgin Hotels.

Following the announcement by India Buildings Limited, Brian Donaldson, Partner at Thomas & Adamson, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to work on an iconic project such as the country’s first Virgin Hotel, which has attracted such international interest.

“This is a significant success for our Scottish business and our hospitality team globally. It is a positive affirmation of our continued growth in the hospitality sector. This sector, despite the widely anticipated challenges of Brexit, has continued to develop.”

The hotel is expected to provide a £5 million boost to the local economy every year, as well as support hundreds of jobs during its construction.

There will be five-star blend of bedrooms with multiple bars and restaurants once the project is completed. The property will include one of the brand’s flagship Commons Club restaurants, meeting and conference facilities and function rooms.

T&A’s hospitality portfolio also includes the Marriott Courtyard in Edinburgh and the city’s Marriott Residence Inn.

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