Five Star city hotel plans backed by marketing chief

John Donnelly, Chief Executive of Marketing Edinburgh, has controversially given his backing to plans to turn a former high school into a luxury hotel.

The marketing executive has already supported an £850 million development of the St James centre in the heart of the city which would also include a hotel as well as shops, restaurants and flats.  The Royal High School, which has been vacant since the school moved location 50 years ago, could see a £75 million restoration and conversion should the plans go ahead.

Plans for £850 million St James development. Photo courtesy of images

Plans for £850 million St James development. Photo courtesy of images

Mr Donnelly has publicly dismissed alternative plans to turn the building into a Music School stating:

“A music school will not add to Edinburgh’s attraction from an international point of view.”

The projects have faced criticism from conservation groups including Historic Scotland, and it has been suggested the proposals could see Scotland lose its world heritage status.

A source from Historic Scotland communications department confirmed their opposition to the plans to transform the Royal High School but stated that the organisation had not opposed any plans – including that of the St James development.

Their objection letter to the Royal High School can be found on their official website, or by clicking this link.



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