72-room project

3DReid wins New Town Malmaison hotel brief

Buchan House site

Buchan House comprises a collection of buildings


Architectural practice 3DReid has been appointed to transform a Grade A-listed former office in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square into a boutique hotel.

Buchan House, built in 1775 but recently vacant, will be re-configured into a 72-room Malmaison hotel. Construction company Sharkey is already on site at the northwest corner of the square.

3DReid was brought in by developer S Harrison and has been granted planning approval and listed building consent, with the conversion comprising a restaurant, bar, coffee lounge and private dining facilities.

Situated in Edinburgh’s New Town Conservation Area and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site, the main part of the building was originally five houses by the architect and builder John Young.

Buchan House rear3DReid said its design creates a series of “active” public spaces at street level and bedroom accommodation on upper levels, plus two new build extensions within the existing courtyard and rear of the building. An existing 1970s elevation to the rear of the property will be re-configured and re-clad.

“The new extensions were essential for the commercial viability of the scheme,” said Doug Pearson, associate director at 3DReid. “However, new and old have been clearly delineated as it was of particular importance that the external additions were sensitive to, but visually and materially distinct from, the A-Listed Buchan House.”

Gordon Ferrier, director and head of hotels at 3DReid, added: “This project has drawn on our familiarity with the context and the understanding of the aspirations and aims of the City of Edinburgh Council strategy.”

The firm recently completed work on the nearby Principal Edinburgh George Street, Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, and the HUB Hotel on Rose Street.

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