Developer signs deal with Malmaison Hotel du Vin Group

York-based property development company S Harrison has signed a development agreement with Malmaison Hotel du Vin Group to transform a historic building in Edinburgh’s New Town into the second location in the city for the group’s collection of boutique hotels.

The Grade A listed Buchan House in St Andrew Square will benefit from a multi-million pound investment that will create around 50 jobs ahead of the 72-bedroom hotel opening in 2019.

Planning permission was granted for the redevelopment in November 2017 and renovation work on the historic building, that covers 44,000 sq ft, will begin during the first half of 2018.

It will be S Harrison’s second development for the Malmaison Hotel du Vin Group, with work due to complete on a Hotel du Vin in Stratford-upon-Avon.

S Harrison has built a growing presence in Edinburgh following its successful £23m redevelopment of a site on Leith Walk in 2016. The site was formerly part of Edinburgh’s original Botanic Gardens and was transformed into a 240-bedroom, student accommodation scheme.

S Harrison’s development director, David Clancy, said: “This is an exciting project and we are very pleased to conclude this deal with  Malmaison, who will bring to life such an extremely prominent building.  Its rich history and splendid architectural features will ultimately form the foundations of a fascinating, memorable and truly unique hotel.  Malmaison’s high quality offering and sympathetic styling in other high-profile buildings throughout the UK ensures it will be the perfect fit for Buchan House.”

Guus Bakker, chief executive, Malmaison Hotel du Vin, said: “Edinburgh is a much loved global destination for tourists and business alike and Malmaison is a great fit for the city and its visitors. We are delighted to be complementing our existing Leith hotel with a great venue for visitors to the city centre.  Where better to demonstrate our commitment to Scotland than with the opening of Malmaison in the famous St Andrew Square.”