Ica Studio win Architectural Excellence Award for Virgin Hotel renovation

The winners of the 2023 Scottish Property Awards were announced on the 23rd of February in front of 650 guests at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Recognising the finest accomplishments in Scotland’s built environment; the independant competition is assessed by a team of specialists from several sectors who combine industry expertise and market knowledge.

Among the winners were our friends at Ica Studio, who took home the Architectural Excellence Award (Commercial Use) for their work on the Virgin Hotel in Edinburgh.

The award-winning project was a complete renovation of three listed buildings situated in Edinburgh’s Old Town, brought together to create Virgin’s first European hotel. The hotel features 222 Chambers and Grand Chamber Suites and multiple dining and drinking outlets, all with their own unique space and distinct design.

“Virgin Hotels Edinburgh is our first hotel outside the US so it had to be special. We’re thrilled with the design Ica delivered. Edinburgh’s character and Virgin’s signature brand are strikingly reflected in both the interiors and exteriors”. Teddy Mayer, Vice President Creative Director, Virgin Hotels.

We were delighted to be approached by Ica Studio to add our professional planting expertise and creativity to this exciting heritage project. You can read more about our contribution here.


Our team has created plant and floral designs for bars, hotels, and restaurants across Scotland. From a soothing green wall for your hotel spa to beautiful pub hanging baskets, we do it all. And we are proud to have worked with interior designers to bring to life plant and floral designs for some of the Scotland’s most iconic and popular hospitality venues.

Contact our design team to discuss the endless possibilities our plant and florals could bring to your next interior design project and get a free tailored quote: https://www.benholm.com/contact-us/

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