Officials call to cancel Edinburgh’s “ribbon” hotel

Edinburgh officials are calling for the construction of a controversial new “ribbon” hotel to be cancelled.

The new development will see its proposals go before the planning committee next week, but officials are urging for the whole property to be called off, over fears that it will “damage” the Scottish capital’s skyline.

Indeed, the building, which spans 12 storeys, is planned to be decorated with copper-coloured rings, a unique appearance that has led to its “ribbon” nickname and won as many detractors as it has fans.

The hotel is intended to form part of the regeneration of the St James Centre, hoping to attract both a high-class operator and high-end retailers to the surrounding units. But others fear that it would have a negative impact upon the city’s iconic skyline.

Supporters argue that the building would provide much-needed extra luxury accommodation, which would help to bring more high-spending visitors to the city’s existing array of tourists.

Martin Perry, director of development at TH Real Estate, which is behind the project, told the Edinburgh Evening News he was “disappointed” with the calls to cancel the project.

“We believe that Jestico + Whiles’ elegant design fully responds to the original council brief to enhance the city’s skyline and create something never seen in Edinburgh before – unparalleled 360-degree views of the city.”