The W Hotel Edinbrugh


Elementa have been appointed to deliver the MEP services on Edinburgh’s newest hotel, The W. The worldwide brand is delivering its newest luxury hotel as part of a billion pound masterplan redevelopment of Edinburgh City centre providing retail, restaurant and leisure facilities.

The development of The W Hotel involves the refurbishment of one grade II listed building and two new builds. Once complete the 200 key project will include all luxury services including a spa, ballroom, bars, restaurants and ‘living room’. The new hotel is to be made up of 3 different buildings, which have been individually designed to deliver distinct architectural styles in each area. The centre building of the three includes a striking exterior façade in the style of a ‘copper ribbon’ spiralling around the outside of the hotel which will offer a large open public space with 360 degree panoramic views of the city.

Appointed at stage 2 of the project, Elementa are providing full MEP services designed to match the high quality aesthetics and profile of the W brand. This development involves a high level of detailed coordination between the architects and interior design team, with Elementa developing bespoke engineering solutions to support the architectural aesthetic aspirations. Here our vast experience and knowledge within the hotel and lifestyle sector has made these ambitious designs possible. Delivering a sustainable design is another key aspect of this project. The function and leisure rooms of the new hotel are designed to optimise efficiency. Once complete the rooms will remain a comfortable indoor environment with flexible and adaptable automatically controlled services. Occupancy analysis and variable air volume strategies have been applied where possible to save on both energy and cost.

As part of the wider development, the challenges on this project have included interfacing with the basebuild team and gaining a high understanding of the area without interfering with other ongoing developments at the site. Flexibility has been key here in all areas. Elementa have been able to apply key stakeholder management, communicating frequently with design teams on the wider project. We have been able to deliver services that suit the architects and interior designers desire for a ‘blank canvas’ with the option to achieve any proposed designs whilst future proofing and incorporating flexible future changes.

Once complete, this new Edinburgh hotel will be set to bring a new first class addition to the W brand, offering the city a new lease of life and combining luxury within both modern and heritage design.

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