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Fresh images fuel Haymarket hype as construction begins

March 6 2020

Fresh images fuel Haymarket hype as construction begins

QMile Group and M&G Real Estate are building anticipation for their forthcoming rejuvenation of Edinburgh’s Haymarket with the publication of fresh visualizations of the £350m proposal.

Dovetailing with a start on-site by Sir Robert McAlpine the Foster + Partners-designed project will see three separate office blocks bring 380,000sq/ft of floor space alongside twin hotels delivering 365 bedrooms between them, with 40,000sq/ft of retail space also included in the mix.

Qmile Group chief executive, Paul Curran, commented: "With work now started on site, the vision for Haymarket Edinburgh is well on its way to becoming a reality. There has already been significant interest from a range of occupiers and we only expect this to increase now we have begun the build programme with the first building, 1 Haymarket Square, scheduled for delivery during the second quarter of 2022."

Buildings will be clustered around a new public square doubling as a social and evens space capable of hosting weekend and festive markets.

Just 55 parking spaces will be accommodated within the development which will also include 688 cycle spaces.

A mix of bars and leisure outlets will contribute to a lively public realm
A mix of bars and leisure outlets will contribute to a lively public realm


#1 Posted by Robert on 6 Mar 2020 at 16:16 PM
Good grief - did any of the architects visit Edinburgh to gain an understanding of the city before designing something so generic?
#2 Posted by Wendy on 7 Mar 2020 at 06:04 AM
@1 - Of course not. I live less than a two minute walk from this site and I had really hoped for something better. Suitable for the likes of Leeds.
#3 Posted by Hector on 7 Mar 2020 at 19:59 PM
This proposal looks bland and I am in no way defending it but I am curious as to what you think would be more suitable. We cannot replicate buildings from 100+ years ago and it appears this type of architecture is the norm in the UK.
#4 Posted by Robert on 8 Mar 2020 at 20:41 PM
#3 examples of recent new buildings that fit into the city landscape far better are Multrees Walk and the new hotel on Market Street. Natural stone is a core building material in Edinburgh, not anodised metal and curtain walling which are highly generic.
#5 Posted by TonyMalley on 9 Mar 2020 at 13:33 PM
Those images could be from anywhere
Where are the contextual renderings to assess appropriateness ?
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#6 Posted by Damp Proof Membrane on 9 Mar 2020 at 15:26 PM
Southwark looks great.

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