The new Tune Hotel at Haymarket station opened in December 2012. The new hotel was the result of a comprehensive stripping back of the existing 9 storey 1970’s office building opposite Haymarket Station in Edinburgh, allowing an entirely new facade design to be created and implemented. This new design has had a dramatic impact on the streetscape of the surrounding area, enhancing and enlivening, and more importantly, contributing to the activation of this important hub in Edinburgh City Centre, in a way that the old office building never managed to.
The redevelopment of the building involved a full refurbishment of the existing shell to form 179 bedrooms, an over-clad to the two principal elevations addressing a number of contextual and planning matters and a ground floor extension and light well infill. The new extension forms a retail unit and reception area, while also providing key street frontage and presence for the Hotel.
Working within the constraints of the existing building structure and in accordance with the Haymarket Urban Design Framework we worked hard to deliver a high quality building for the city that also represents full functionality in respect of hotel operation requirements. Architecturally, we saw the existing building as a fairly unsuccessful stub tower and by giving it a far stronger horizontal expression we feel that we have successfully reduced the scale of the building, so that it now reconnects to its surrounding context of Victorian buildings. The completed building manages to retain a certain civic quality to what will become a strengthened gateway into the city.