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St James Quarter

Facts

Location Client Cost Completion
Edinburgh, UK Nuveen Real Estate and APG £850m 2021

Project details

Our masterplan is for a major retail led mixed use city centre regeneration scheme located in a World Heritage Site.

The concept is for a retail circuit that engages with the three natural levels of the site, and improves the quality and quantity of Edinburgh's retail offer. The upper levels contain a number of different uses including homes, leisure and restaurants to create a vibrant and sustainable new city quarter.

The scheme is envisioned as a part of the city, extending the urban qualities of the New Town as a series of individual building blocks and public spaces. The Galleria will unite these buildings with a transparent, naturally ventilated roof.

Impact on views and townscape resources are key considerations especially due to the site's location within the Edinburgh World Heritage Site and New Town Conservation Area. The massing and height of buildings and the materials used are particularly important.

Brief

  • create a revitalised shopping quarter for the city and offer an attractive long term investment opportunity capable of delivering superior returns for investors
  • minimise impact on views and townscape resources with regards to the location within a world heritage site

Results

  • a retail circuit that engages with the three natural levels of the site, in addition to improving the quality and quantity of Edinburgh’s retail offer

Integrated services

masterplanning, architecture