Low carbon urban living

HubCap is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HUB, set up to deliver low carbon urban living projects in key UK cities. HubCap’s focus is on emerging models such as co-living and aparthotels, prioritising sites that are currently offices or other commercial uses. These projects will bring vibrant communities to corners of popular neighbourhoods which need reinvigorating.

Water St, Leith

This historic whiskey bond within the Leith conservation area is in a fabulous location near the waterfront and tram stop. Our plan is to repurpose the building, which is currently used as a warehouse and workshop, transforming it to low carbon accommodation. Proposals include a roof extension and new landscaping, improving the streetscape and giving this corner of Leith a sensitive facelift.

Key facts

Retention of building structure saving 90% embodied carbon

Roof extension and new courtyard

Low impact structural solutions and material palette

Highly efficient operationally after refurbishment

Pre-let to apart hotel operator Sonder (subject to planning)

Architect: O’Donnell Brown

Status: Planning in progress

Thistle St, Edinburgh

Thistle St is a quiet street within the Edinburgh world heritage site. Our plans are to convert an under-utilised, listed office building, previously a printing press, to provide high quality and low carbon apart hotel rooms. Glasgow-based architectural studio O'Donnell Brown has developed a proposal involving low impact structural changes, to bring this building back to life.

Key facts

Under-utilised listed office building within Edinburgh world heritage site

Retention of building structure saving 90% embodied carbon

Low impact structural solutions and material palette

All electric after refurbishment, with potential to be net zero operational carbon

Architect: O’Donnell Brown

Status: Planning in progress

Ludgate Hill, London

30-32 Ludgate Hill is a heritage building in central London just moments from St Paul's Cathedral. Originally a bank, it has more recently been used as small offices. Working with purpose-driven architectural studio Holland Harvey we are developing low impact proposals to give this building a new lease of life as short-stay accommodation.

Key facts

Under-utilised listed office building in the heart of London

Retention of building structure saving 90% embodied carbon

Low impact interventions and material palette

All electric after refurbishment, with potential to be net zero operational carbon

Architect: Holland Harvey

Status: Design development in progress

Team

HubCap is headed-up by Miles Keeley, with the full support of the experienced HUB team. Miles returns to HUB after three years at BlackRock, bringing an entrepreneurial energy to this exciting initiative. He is exploring opportunities in cities across the UK, including a live pipeline in London in addition to the projects in Edinburgh.

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