Future Developments in Edinburgh

Published: 11 September 2018

Edinburgh has seen a vast range of new developments grace its streets; from hotels and restaurants to new direct flights and attractions, it’s a magnet for investment. It isn’t set to slow down either as we continue to see new organisations choose Edinburgh as their home. Find out what you can expect to see in the near future.


Royal College of Physicians Redevelopment

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The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s £3.5million redevelopment is due to open in November 2018. The venue’s 300-seat Conference Centre will see vast improvements to its foyer and facilities to aid with the delivery of world-class conferences which can be streamed globally. 

The redevelopment will improve accessibility to the stunning Great Hall, historic rooms, and Conference Centre and a new public exhibition space will showcase the College’s collections.

Venue Manager, Allan McKain:

“We are well versed in event delivery and have worked with our clients over a number of years to provide the best possible experience. This vast project is an exciting next step for us which transforms the event experience even further for organisers and delegates. Our spaces will be linked together and enhanced facilities include new areas for breakout sessions and networking.  

“We’re looking forward to showcasing these spaces with our partners and clients as we believe the Conference Centre and historic building deliver a unique combination of historic and new for clients, in the heart Edinburgh’s city centre.”

To find out more about Royal College of Physicians, or to make an enquiry, please click here


Virgin Hotel

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                                                    Image: Victoria Street, Edinburgh (VisitScotland & Paul Tomkins) 

The very first Virgin Hotel outside of America, we are extremely excited to welcome Richard Branson’s newest hotel to Edinburgh in 2020. The 5* hotel will be located within the historic India Buildings in the heart of the city’s Old Town, with entrances from two of Edinburgh's most iconic and loved streets; Victoria Street and Cowgate.

“India Buildings is absolutely stunning and has so much for us to work with; it is full of stories and legends, and I’m sure we can create many new ones.” – Richard Branson*

The hotel will offer 225 Chambers and Grand Chambers Suites, as well as the hotel’s flagship Commons Club – and ‘plenty of surprises’. Richard is a big fan of Edinburgh’s musical heritage and has ensured that the event space will bring an increase of live music to the capital. The hotel will also provide new and exciting restaurants, bars and co-working spaces for visitors and locals alike to enjoy.

*Source: https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/celebrating-virgin-hotels-edinburgh-0   


Edinburgh St James

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Edinburgh St James is 850,000 sq ft of prime retail, food, leisure, residential and hotel space right in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre.

“A world-class example of city enhancing place-making, Edinburgh St James will be one of the UK's largest and most significant regeneration projects.”*

The iconic W Hotel brand will form the centerpiece of the Edinburgh St James development. The 12-storey 5* hotel will offer 214 stylish bedrooms, including 20 suites and one ‘Extreme Wow Suite’, as well as 2,450 sq ft of modern event space. The hotel boasts a rooftop featuring a bar and outdoor terrace area offering guests 360◦ panoramic views of Edinburgh’s historic skyline.

“W Edinburgh will reinvigorate the city's traditional hospitality scene, reinforcing the city's reputation as a booming cosmopolitan capital. The hotel will feature a unique façade crafted from a winding steel ribbon that reflects the festival-spirit of the city.”*

To complement The W Hotel, the luxury aparthotel brand, Roomzzz, will also be located within Edinburgh St James. Roomzzz’ 73 Aparthotels will offer a unique combination of all the best features of boutique hotels and serviced apartments.

*Source: http://www.edinburghstjames.com


Find out what John Donnelly, CEO at Marketing Edinburgh, has to say about the city's new developments in the Scotsman article, 'Building on success – the Capital is thriving thanks to new development.' 



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