SO it’s back to the drawing board for the Royal High-class designers after planning consent was refused.
They have until 2020 before their deal with the city expires. That is plenty of time to draw up something acceptable.
May I offer a helpful suggestion? Why not fashion a fake hillside with lots of rounded windows for the hotel rooms? Or try hiding the big money-making bits in crudely shaped artificial cliffs with cavernous openings?
Apparently the heritage lobby can be placated by such silly tricks. The so-called ‘Hobbit House’ bandstand and its counterpart ‘orc cave’ with cocktail party suites recently won the Ross Pavilion design competition for a scheme to commercialise West Princes Street Gardens on an all-year round basis.
One of the judges was Adam Wilkinson, director of Edinburgh World Heritage and a prominent opponent of the failed attempt to add ‘Mickey Mouse ears’ to the Thomas Hamilton Greek revival masterpiece on Calton Hill.
Alexander McCall Smith, the highly esteemed author and lover of our Athens of the North was also on the panel.
What happened to all their erudition and wisdom? Did the wicked wizard Saruman cast a spell on them?
• Alan Murphy, Learmonth Grove, Edinburgh