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Edinburgh Council gives go ahead to The Registers

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December 3 2015

Edinburgh Council gives go ahead to The Registers
City of Edinburgh Council has given the green light to a £60m Chris Stewart Group regeneration project, which will bring more than 700 jobs to the city centre.

Approval of plans for The Registers, an area to the south east of St Andrew Square, will see two important heritage buildings given a new lease of life, new office accommodation and street level shops, bars and restaurants.

Chris Stewart said:

“I am delighted that we have the go ahead for The Registers from City of Edinburgh Council. It is an area in the city centre in desperate need of regeneration. The site is currently made up of a warren of neglected lanes and empty buildings falling into disrepair..."

The Council approval followed an extensive consultation period and the presentation of robust evidence backing the development. The mixed-use scheme will create a vibrant and complementary mix of new offices, hotel, residential / serviced apartments, retail units and restaurants.

As part of the plans, 90% of the listed fabric of the site will be restored, including two key historic listed buildings currently on the ‘at risk’ register. New life will be given to one of the most important art deco banking halls as a restaurant at the neo-classical 42 St Andrew Square and reinstating a former warehouse at 28 West Register Street into active commercial use while preserving its remarkable Venetian Gothic façade.

Buildings along part of West Register Street will make way for c. 60,000 sqft of much needed high quality Grade A office accommodation, designed to attract new businesses to the city and essential to the rejuvenation of the area, which forms an important gateway to the new St James development.

The intention is to start work on site in early 2016.

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