Historic Edinburgh building Old Town Chambers has been transformed into luxury serviced apartments.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
The Grade A-listed, 16th century property has received a £1m, nine-month restoration as part of the £45m investment in the Old Town Chambers area by the Chris Stewart Group.
The apartments will retain some of the centuries-old architectural features, such as solid stone walls, timber panels and doors, oak floor and Italian tiling, as well as more modern touches such as opening up existing blocked windows, a home entertainment system and a 24-hour concierge service.
The Old Town development is aiming to open up the district's "hidden" areas and create a business and leisure destination.
Julie Grieve, chief executive of the Old Town Chambers, said: "We're delighted to have given this significant building with a remarkable heritage a new life and a fresh future. As with every aspect of this development we have carefully considered the historic features within our designs… to create a set of stylish apartments that reflect the very best of Edinburgh past and present."
The building has considerable history in the city, as it was once home to the Bishop of Orkney, Adam Bothwell, who officiated at the wedding of Mary Queen of Scots to the fourth Earl of Bothwell in the 1500s.