Edinburgh St James

APG Strategic Real Estate & Nuveen Real Estate

Edinburgh St James is Scotland’s largest and most significant mixed-use development project in a generation. Acting for the Joint Venture investors, Nuveen Real Estate and APG Asset Management, TFT has been appointed as Project Monitoring Surveyor for the entire c£800m development. The original 1970s shopping centre, car park and former Scottish Government offices were demolished in order to make way for the 1.7m sq ft development.

Edinburgh St James is scheduled to open to the public in 2020 and will consist of 850,000sq ft of prime retail space with over 85 shops and over 30 restaurants spread across four levels. These will sit alongside the existing John Lewis department store, which remains open throughout the development. The centrepiece of the development will be the iconic W Hotel, with up to 214 guest rooms and 20 suites. There will also be a Rommzzz Aparthotel comprising 73 rooms, 150 apartments as well as Everyman cinema. Car parking will comprise 1,600 parking bays with electrical vehicle charging points incorporated.

A significant aspect of the project is the central steel Rimex feature, which creates the distinctive ribbon effect, wrapping the main W hotel and rising up from the centre.

The project includes pioneering engineering techniques such as supporting the existing John Lewis Department Store on steel trestles in order to replace the existing historic piling: these have been replaced by larger, longer piles necessary to accommodate the three basement levels of the new development.

Our wide-ranging support as Project Monitoring Surveyor includes attending key meetings and site inspections, and monthly reporting to the JV with certified drawdowns.