Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Cue The Sexy Voiceover...

Photo by Chris Sherlock via Wikimedia Commons

This is not just yet another bloody hotel in Edinburgh, this is an upscale, boutique, "arts hotel" in Edinburgh.

I've made my feelings on Edinburgh's planners, and their lack of imagination, known in the past. Every time a piece of land or development becomes available, they all shout "Hotel!" as if they were playing a rather manic game of Monopoly.

But aha, what have we here with the old Royal High School building? It's an "Arts Hotel!" Well, I guess it shows imagination, in the title if in nothing else. In order to be an Arts Hotel then it has to have a public gallery - but there's no indication how big that public gallery has to be. The cynical part of me suspects that the hotel developers will stick a Lowry print in the lobby and invite people to ooh and aah over it.

The Royal High School has been empty for 40 years now, and it could be so much more. Why don't they go the whole hog and make it an art gallery? Or Jeff's idea of a school (although the council can't fund the current schools), or use it as a community space or a library or a Museum Of Edinburgh.

Anything but yet another bloody hotel.

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