Following an extensive regeneration project, we are delighted to announce our reimagined showroom and workshops will open today.
With customer service at the heart of our business, work has taken place throughout our showroom, workshops and service department, restoring the building’s historic accents and creating a space that celebrates heritage whilst innovating with contemporary design.
Working with Historic Environment Scotland, we proudly collaborated with leading conservation practice Simpson & Brown Architects and founder of award winning design practice Waldo Works Tom Bartlett, to regenerate the five-story Georgian building located at 87 George Street.
Our shopfront has seen a glamorous upgrade; smooth curved glass panels set in antique bronze pay homage to the original design from 1910, with jewellery displayed on a carved breccia marble plinth topped in silk.
At the heart of the Grade A listed building is our historic showroom, featuring restored breccia violetta marble pillars, which date back to 1835. These elements, alongside our range of exceptional jewellery and watches, are lit beautifully via chandelier lighting, creating a generous glow that spills out onto George Street.
Above our newly installed diamond bar, hangs an exquisite hand-crafted silver leaf installation created by our craftspeople with input of each member of staff. It has been designed to marry our past to our future and celebrate the proud heritage of Hamilton & Inches.
The showroom enjoys a luxury lifestyle area, situated near our revered 19th century Adam fireplace, newly installed service desks and private VIP consultation rooms.
The workshops and facilities for our craftspeople, watch technicians and valuers have been fully upgraded, including the introduction of a state-of-the-art Rolex accredited workshop. In the upper levels of the building, our master silversmiths, jewellers, hand-engravers and polishers enjoy restored areas to create their magnificent works of art, including unique views out across the Firth of Forth, the inspiration behind so many of our pieces.
Maintaining the heritage of our building was of the utmost importance to us throughout the project. The use of local elements including Scottish whinstone, and local suppliers including Edinburgh contractors SJS, local Chartered quantity surveyors McLeod & Aitken and bespoke joinery and furniture specialists Laurence McIntosh, was paramount – their resulting work extraordinary.
Our CEO Victoria Houghton said: “I’m thrilled to unveil the newly restored showroom. This has been an amazing journey, and everyone including local contractors SJS, local chartered quantity surveyors McLeod & Aitken and bespoke joinery and furniture specialists Laurence McIntosh have worked so hard to bring our vision to life. The customer experience has been at the forefront of this project since inception. We incorporated residential elements into a retail environment to achieve an inviting and comfortable atmosphere whilst creating a memorable luxury experience.”
We are so excited to share that experience with you and look forward to warmly welcoming you to our showroom.