The new 146-apartment Aparthotels Adagio overlooking Edinburgh’s Royal Mile will open for business on December 19 2016. This completes the latest phase of the New Waverley development.
This pre-Christmas opening for a new public square and walkway has been inspired by Edinburgh’s Historic ‘Wynds.’ Linking the Royal Mile with the historic Canongate area at the heart of the city’s Old Town, the aparthotel overlooks a new football pitch-sized public square, becoming the first significant public space to open in Edinburgh’s centre for more than 50 years.
The impressive 4-storey Adagio has been painstakingly constructed behind an existing façade of two 1930s tenement buildings overlooking the Royal Mile – one of which is the C-listed Sailors Ark building. Formerly this was an ex-serviceman’s hostel which helped feed the city’s homeless before and after the Second World War.
Adagio’s innovative aparthotel brand has been successfully rolled out across Europe and is now being applied to some of the UK’s premier city centre destinations. Edinburgh is the third UK opening, following launches in Birmingham in 2015 and Liverpool in 2013. The aparthotel provides hotel services and fully furnished studios and one-bedroomed apartments complete with stylish kitchens and bathrooms. Adagio Aparthotels are setting a new benchmark for high quality self-catering accommodation.
New Waverley’s new public square is set to become home to a host of marketing and arts-based activities aimed at increasing visitor interest and footfall to this previously neglected part of the city centre. The square is linked to the Royal Mile by a cleverly designed covered walkway inspired by the Old Town’s historic ‘Wynds’. As well as reflecting the area’s unique World Heritage setting, The Wynd has been designed so it gradually increases in size as it joins the public square, opening up a spectacular view corridor from the Royal Mile across the Waverley Valley towards Calton Hill.
The launch of the aparthotel and new public square heralds New Waverley’s next construction phase. Artisan Project Director, Clive Wilding commented “The combination of the aparthotel and new public square provides a brilliant new addition to the Old Town and continues the significant momentum New Waverley has created in the city centre since we started construction less than two years ago.
“At the start of the year we opened two Premier Inn hotels and, together with the huge interest in The Arches, we are seeing life, excitement and vibrancy returning to this wonderful but neglected part of the city.
“The opening of the Aparthotels Adagio and new public square creates the perfect platform on which to launch our next commercial construction phase. This will see high quality office provision, new homes and more hospitality and retailers complete this unique integrated development. New Waverley sits at the heart of one of the most historic and environmentally sensitive areas to be found anywhere in the world.”