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May 4 2016

Contractors commence above ground Haymarket works
Tiger Developments and Interserve have begun above ground works to deliver a £200m office-led commercial scheme on a derelict site in Edinburgh’s west end with the removal of tunnel earthworks dating back to the 1840’s.

The Haymarket will comprise a mixture of office, retail and leisure space including a hotel and apart-hotel when it completes, with the first office building set to complete in 2018.

Located next door to a main line railway station and tram link the scheme is being marketed as Edinburgh’s best-connected address.


Cllr Gavin Barrie, convenor of the economy committee, said: “It is very welcome news that this key ‘Edinburgh 12’ site has reached such a significant milestone. With its prime location next to Haymarket station and tram stop, The Haymarket will bring thousands of jobs to the city during construction and once complete.”

Graham Haydon-White, development director at Tiger Developments, added: “With the stage one build contract now in place, we are uniquely placed ahead of any other major mixed-use development in the capital.”

The Haymarket has been designed by Richard Murphy and CDA Architects.
The project will be delivered in phases from 2018
The project will be delivered in phases from 2018
Tiger believe there is pent up demand amongst occupiers for central addresses
Tiger believe there is pent up demand amongst occupiers for central addresses

6 Comments

Islands of sanity
#1 Posted by Islands of sanity on 4 May 2016 at 20:23 PM
Stop the video at 49 seconds and think about those who live in the Haymarket colonies.
Basho
#2 Posted by Basho on 5 May 2016 at 08:56 AM
That's a relief. The lack of any activity at ground level made me think the project had stalled. The designs look more interesting than usual for speculative office development. Can't believe this decades old gap site is finally disappearing.
Liz Potter
#3 Posted by Liz Potter on 5 May 2016 at 12:30 PM
While it is great that this gap site will be filled after such a long time and, in general, the development looks good and well considered, I strongly feel that 7 storeys is too high and will dwarf the buildings surrounding not to mention the beautiful skyline
A Local Pleb
#4 Posted by A Local Pleb on 5 May 2016 at 13:04 PM
Following the prompting from #1 I would suggest that little effort has been made to address the building massing...the plain unrendered stepped blocks are a pathetic effort. I would want to live there, being overlook by such a large mass of commercial blandness. The scale is disproportionate - the Planners and Urban Designers need to be sensitive to those who have to live next to this!
Marc
#5 Posted by Marc on 5 May 2016 at 15:16 PM
I would suggest before any comments you look at the initial plans submitted by Richard Murphy which were refused. http://www.bdonline.co.uk/murphy-fury-after-haymarket-scheme-rejected/3152249.article
I think by the end the guys enthusiasm had gone and it was a best fit scenario, hence the hotel moving from the prominent corner plot and being replaced by the offices as the hotel was no longer financially viable. Slag the planners rightfully considering what they have approved with the St James center, but it was the developers choice to amend the schemes layout due to profit.
Terra
#6 Posted by Terra on 8 May 2016 at 02:16 AM
I think it's great to finally get that area built up. Walking past there, it does feel a bit naked. This is great and once it's finished I think everyone will be happy. It's easy to nitpick but ultimately the good outweighs any issues. There's nothing wrong with a wee bit of height to break the surrounding elevations either, it's tasteful and well considered in that regard, imo. Well done.

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