Virgin Hotel India Buildings, Edinburgh

Client: Virgin Hotels – India Buildings Ltd

Architect: Ica Studio

Contractor: Thomas Johnstone Ltd

Project value: £55 million

Project team: Richard Mackenzie

Luxury hotel nestled within 19th century buildings, the Virgin Hotel Edinburgh is the first of its name to be opened in the UK and in Europe. And what better location than between the picturesque Victoria Street and lively Cowgate, in the heart of the iconic Old Town of Edinburgh.

The India Buildings, originally designed as office spaces for 19th century Scottish businesses and later, the Edinburgh’s Registry Office, has gone through its latest restoration. The historic buildings now home 225-room hotel along multiple bars and restaurants, including one of the Virgin Hotels’ flagship Commons Clubs.

RMP were commissioned to conduct the Noise Impact Assessment around the proposed hotel as well as to provide the internal acoustic design for the hotel development in the India Buildings. We provided a comprehensive acoustic design review and specification of party walls and floors between bedrooms, bedrooms and public areas and associated flanking details in line with Virgin Hotels brand standards.

In addition to managing anticipated levels of external noise break outs linked to the Hotel’s city centre location, the singularity of this project is that the hotel incorporates 3 different building structures as well as receptions areas, bars, and event spaces which brought another level of technical challenges to the acoustic design of the proposed hotel.


  • Architectural Excellence Award at the 2023 Scottish Property Awards to Ica Studio
  • Scotland’s Herald Proper Awards Commercial Interior Design Project and Commercial Project of the Year (2023)
  • Scottish Building Contractor of  the Year at the 2023 Construction Awards of Excellence to Thomas Johnstone Ltd
  • Shortlisted for the ESG Refurbishment of the Year at the 2023 Scottish Property Awards
  • Shortlisted for the Regeneration Project of the Year at the 2023 Scottish Property Awards

Images courtesy of Ica Studio.

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