Plans have been unveiled for student accommodation at a site in Meadowbank in the Scottish capital.

HG Developments’ scheme for 65 London Road is for a 76-bed student accommodation development on a triangular shape adjacent to the railway line and Clockmill Lane to the south and the A1 to the north.

The project team includes 3DReid, Turley, Eden Engineering, Campbell Reith and Arcadis.

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Planning permission in principle was granted for the site, currently occupied by a disused car wash, in August 2017.

The consented development involved ”the demolition of the existing single storey car-wash unit and the erection of a new residential flatted development rising up to five storeys, comprising 30 flats, and including all associated landscaping, parking and ancillary facilities”.

The proposal is for the "demolition of existing buildings and erection of purpose-built student accommodation and associated landscaping and infrastructure".

A hotel group has welcomed back customers to its swimming pools and hot tubs after lockdown measures across Scotland were eased.

Crerar Hotels, which has five luxury hotels and two inns, has reopened health cub facilities in five of the seven businesses.

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Chief executive Chris Wayne-Wills said the business had seen a continuous rise in bookings in recent weeks.

Mr Wayne-Wills said: "Our spas have obviously been open for a number of weeks now offering treatments but this now adds in the swimming and the hot tub stage of things as well.

From Monday, pools and gyms across the country were allowed to reopen as restrictions were eased.

Mr Wayne-Wills said that while his facilities were reopening, they looked slightly different to pre-coronavirus times.

He said: "We've obviously got the personal protective equipment for the teams and screens, hand sanitiser etc.

"The operational protocols and the risk assessments that we have in place for the hotel, we were able to close up and then tailor-make them to the gyms and the pools."

He said swimmers at the hotel pools enjoy the advantage of not having to use changing rooms, adding that this helps with social distancing.

He added that the hotels had continuously seen a week-by-week rise in the number of guests hoping to take a break.

Mr Wayne Wills said: "We have seen an increase in bookings just sort of continuously week after week since July since the hotels opened themselves and I think it took for the first sort of wave of guests to come and visit and find out that actually it's still a great experience.

"I think a lot of people have concerns about going away and staying but we've had such positive feedback and people have appreciated the amount of effort that has gone into social distancing, into planning - and a complete review of exactly how we operate has been carried out throughout all the swimming pools and gyms as well."

Gyms also joined swimming pools across Scotland in reopening their doors to customers on Monday.

The businesses were given the go ahead by First Minster Nicola Sturgeon after she brought forward a planned date for easing coronavirus restrictions.

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In Fife, one gym has finally started trading for the first time after lockdown delayed its opening.

Liam Catling, manager of the PureGym in Kirkcaldy, said that despite the setback, staff members were still feeling positive.

He said: "We relished the opportunity to get the word out more to the community. Especially with it being a new gym opening."

Mr Catling said that the opening announcement received a lot of positive feedback from the community.

He added: "Our members know that we worked really hard, so it's been very positive."

The gym has three new cleaning stations where users are asked to clean machines before and after each use and and sanitising stations are set up around the building.

The gym also deep cleans the equipment every two hours.

Just 58 users are allowed in the gym at a time, and levels are monitored every 15 minutes.

When capacity hits 80%, staff will manage the doors to make sure they do not go over the limited amount.

A PureGym spokesman added: "We are delighted to be opening our 25 gyms in Scotland today and welcoming back hundreds and thousands of members who want to get back to working out.

"Better health and fitness is an important contributor in the fight against Covid-19.

"The safety of our members is our number one priority and so we have significantly enhanced our cleaning and safety standards in our gyms, in close consultation with medical experts, to ensure that they are safe places to work and safe places to work out.

"All gyms have sanitisation stations, contact-free entry and rigorous overnight deep cleaning and we've received highly positive feedback on cleanliness from our members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who have already returned for millions of gym visits without incident"

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