5 exciting new developments in the Edinburgh commercial property market

St James Centre Redevelopment 

St James Centre

Designed by Allan Murray Architects, the 1.7 million sq ft Edinburgh St James scheme will see the 1970s shopping centre replaced with 850,000 sq ft of retail space, a luxury hotel, up to 150 new homes, 30 restaurants and a multi-screen cinema.

Set against a stunning backdrop, Edinburgh St James will introduce high-street, aspirational 
and lifestyle brands to one of Edinburgh's finest locations. Completion is due in 2020.

National Galleries Revamp

National Gallery

The planned redevelopment, which attracted a £4.94 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant last year, will triple the exhibition space for the gallery’s Scottish collection from 440m² to 1,320m², improve visitor access and create a new entrance for the museum within East Princes St Gardens.

Tynecastle Stadium Redevelopment 


Hearts will rename their stadium Tynecastle Park when the redevelopment of the main stand is complete.

The renaming is part of the £12m revamp of the ground, which will increase the capacity of the stadium to more than 20,000.

Ocean Terminal Hotel

Ocean Terminal

Architects firm Keppie plan to build the tallest building in Edinburgh at the Waterfront.

The 28-storey colossus would rise 96 metres into the sky, dwarfing the neighbouring Ocean Terminal and towering over the Royal Yacht Britannia. The project is still at the proposal stage.

Royal High School Redevelopment 

Royal High School

Planners have been trying to convert the city’s former Royal High School into a high-end hotel for years. This year the idea looks set to go ahead. The £75m scheme was rejected by councillors in 2015, but developers have submitted new plans to add two large new modern wings to the 1829 Greek Revival building.

Opponents say the plans will jeopardise Edinburgh’s listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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