Projects / Hub by Premier Inn, Edinburgh


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Project description

Hub by Premier Inn is a 145 room boutique hotel on Rose Street, in Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Rooms are compact in nature, but rich with gadgetry and cleverly concealed furnishings. In each, an interactive headboard, or phone app, controls lighting, temperature and music, all of which may be set to the guest’s taste before they set foot in their accommodation.

The design converts and sensitively extends a B-Listed office known as ‘Hanover Buildings’, originally a storage warehouse built for John Menzies in 1929. Prior to 3DReid’s engagement, It had been renovated, modified and extended multiple times throughout its history, most notably in 1976 wherein a sizeable three storey concrete frame extension was added adjacent to it, with a new lift and stair core, to convert it into a set of offices.

3DReid’s design stripped back the 1976 addition to its structure and added an additional 3 floors in a combination of steel and timber framing. Due to loading restrictions on the existing frame, it was clad in a lightweight fibre cement panel, in a tonal nod to the pre-cast stone of 3DReid’s recently completed nearby Primark building. Together, the buildings visually ‘bookend’ Hanover Buildings. The external fabric of the listed portion was carefully renovated with new curtain walling infill, responsive to its original condition, and its stonework was sensitively restored in line with modern standards.

The upper three levels of Hanover Building were converted to hotel use, with the lower two remaining home to shop and restaurant tenancies during and after construction. The entirety of the extension became hotel use, with the exception of the ground level which now houses a complimentary Food and Beverage offer for the Hotel, contributing to Rose Street’s famed and lively pub culture.


© David Cadzow


Completed August 2017


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