Jestico + Whiles' peeled orange wins St James Quarter hotel competition
March 3 2015Edinburgh’s St James Centre, has named Jestico + Whiles as the winners of a design competition to create a landmark hotel at the heart of the £850m development.
Seeing off four other international practices to land the prize with their ‘coiled ribbons’ concept the practices peeled orange design will play host to a rooftop bar, lounge and restaurant.
This will see the design team work alongside masterplan architects Allan Murray, technical architects BDP and Purcell who will oversee heritage aspects. OPEN meanwhile will serve as landscape architect.
Heinz Richardson, director, Jestico + Whiles, said: “We are thrilled to have been selected by TH Real Estate to be part of one of the biggest and most exciting regeneration projects currently under way in the UK.
“The contemporary design will be sympathetic to the surrounding World Heritage site and its history, providing a first class destination for Edinburgh at the heart of the city’s new retail quarter.”
Martin Perry, director of development at TH Real Estate, added: “Jestico + Whiles has a well-deserved reputation for its excellent work on a number of prestigious hotel and leisure facilities throughout the world. The team demonstrated a thorough understanding and imagination for what we would like to achieve for Edinburgh St James which was reflected in their proposals.”
A hotel operator is currently being sought for the venue which will house 210 rooms and a 41,000sq/ft apart hotel, although the final design and specifications remain flexible depending on tenant requirements.
Work on the masterplan is due to start later this year for completion by 2020.
The new-look St James will offer 750,000 sq ft of retail space including a multi-screen cinema and over 30 restaurants
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