Premier Inn Edinburgh Hotels
Client: McAleer & Rushe
- RIBA Stages
- 1: Preparation and Brief
- 2: Concept Design
- 3: Developed Design
- 4: Technical Design
- 5: Construction
- 6: Handover and Close Out
Photo ©Joe Laverty Photography
What we did
On East Market Street, a 1-minute walk from Edinburgh's prestigious Royal Mile, sits the hub by Premier Inn and the Premier Inn, Edinburgh hotels. This combined £18 million hotel development is an integral part of the 7.5 acre site that is becoming New Waverley, a vibrant creative, cultural and innovation quarter in the heart of Edinburgh.
The 130-bedroom hub hotel is the first hub by Premier Inn to open outside of London. Next to the hub is the 127-bedroom, 6-storey Premier Inn hotel. There are entrances to both hotels on East Market Street and Cranston Street.
All new Premier Inn hotels have to:
- Meet stringent brand-specific acoustic standards in order to deliver Premier Inn's Good Night Guarantee;
- Comply with country-specific acoustic regulations.
Our involvement in the development of these two brand new Edinrbugh hotels was therefore to:
- Minimise any external noise break-in into the bedrooms;
- Control any internal noise transfer between the hotels' bedrooms;
- Ensure Premier Inn and Scottish-specific building regulation standards were met.
To achieve this we:
- Conducted ambient noise surveys;
- Provided noise and vibration design advice;
- Undertook in-depth acoustic commissioning tests in compliance with:
- Section 5 of the Building Standards Technical Handbook 2013;
- Premier Inn specifications.
Acoustic features of this project
By being involved in the early design stage, we wer able to address a number of acoustic challenges which included:
- External traffic noise from the busy East Market Street and Cranston Street;
- Noise intrusion from external mechanical plant equipment;
- Incorporating the required high performance glass* into the design and materials specification;
- Bedrooms that overlook streets with high levels of activity into the early hours of the morning.
* The high performance acoustic glazing specified by Premier Inn also requires inherently noisy mechanical ventilation. To overcome this, we:
- Tested noise levels throughout the day and night;
- Used noise modelling techniques to calculate noise levels on different façades;
- Recommended how the noise from mechanical ventilation can be reduced where required.
The project team
Architect: Allan Murray Architects
Main Contractor: McAleer & Rushe
M&E Engineer: Caldwell Consulting
Acoustics: Adnitt Acoustics
- Rigorous client acoustic standards
- Local road traffic noise
- Noise from mechanical ventilation
- BREEAM acoustic criteria