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Edinburgh St James buildings granted green light by City of Edinburgh Council

St Andrews Hall

TH Real Estate has welcomed the City of Edinburgh Council’s decision to grant planning permission and listed building consent for the conversion and alterations to St Andrew’s Hall and 27-31 James Craig Walk which forms part of the Edinburgh St James development site. The proposals have been designed by Purcell, architects, designers, heritage leaders and specialist consultants.

Concurrent planning applications and listed building consent applications for 27-31 James Craig Walk, known as the Mansion Capital building, and St Andrew’s Hall were submitted at the end of last year for the category B listed properties. Purcell were instructed to safeguard their historical character, whilst ensuring the buildings are suitably aligned with the overarching look and feel of the £850m development.

The City of Edinburgh Council approved the applications for St Andrew’s Hall under delegated powers. The building will be sensitively converted and will include a three-storey extension, which will complement the existing building. It will provide office and restaurant space, a base for centre management, training facilities and a security centre.

In addition, the City of Edinburgh Council’s planning committee confirmed it was ‘minded to grant’ proposals for 27-31 James Craig Walk subject to the signing of a legal agreement, which will follow TH Real Estate’s acquisition of the building in 2016. This will see the interior of the building modernised, up to 20 new homes delivered, and create commercial space on the lower floors. The sensitive restoration of the building’s exterior will ensure that the design reflects the original vision for James Craig Walk, and will relate to the wider Edinburgh St James redevelopment.

The 1.7 million sq ft Edinburgh St James scheme is one of the largest regeneration projects currently underway in the UK. The redevelopment will see the 1970s shopping centre that currently on site, replaced with 750,000 sq ft of prime retail space, a luxury hotel, up to 250 new homes, restaurants and a multi-screen cinema.

Martin Perry, Director of Development, TH Real Estate, commented "The City of Edinburgh Council’s decision marks an important milestone for the Edinburgh St James development. Careful and thoughtful consideration was given to the design for both buildings, and we are pleased the council has recognised and supported our vision for how they complement the wider development."

Alasdair Travers, Partner at Purcell said "Both 27-31 James Craig Walk and St Andrew's Hall are significant pieces in Edinburgh's wonderful heritage, and these proposals will not only restore the historic character and integrity of these buildings, but also integrate them successfully into an exciting future as part of the vision for Edinburgh St James."

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