Edinburgh St James rises as construction gets underway
March 5 2018St James Centre signifying the start of construction works at the 1.7m retail-led quarter by Laing O’Rourke.
The quartet of cranes is said to include one of the largest in Europe and follows an 18-month programme of demolition to clear the site in readiness for construction of the Allan Murray Architects scheme.
Martin Perry, project director at Edinburgh St James, commented: “The next stage of the construction process will, over time, start to see buildings coming out of the ground and will allow the public to get a taste of what is to come in 2020. Edinburgh St James is going to be a major new landmark for the city, opening up the East End of Edinburgh and creating a truly inspiring place for people to live, shop and play.”
An estimated 200,000 tonnes of reinforced concrete will be swallowed by the giant build before it opens to the public in 2020, when it will offer 850,000sq/ft of retail, 32 bars and cafes, a cinema, 150 homes, a five-star hotel, aparthotel and three public squares.
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