BDP detail St James Quarter philosophy as work continues in earnest
August 18 2021
BDP has marked the delivery of the first phase of the mammoth St James Quarter in Edinburgh with an insight into the urban placemaking challenges presented by one of the UK's largest inner-city regeneration projects.
Initially working alongside Allan Murray Architects at the design stage BDP's role grew to lead consultant and technical architect to deliver the £1bn project with Laing O'Rourke on behalf of Nuveen Real Estate.
A phased opening of the 1.7msq/ft centre began in June with the unveiling of a curved four-storey galleria designed to promote movement at all levels and alternate points of entry to entwine with the urban grain of the New Town. Shunning more typical retail environments the development works with the existing topography with complementary leisure uses encouraging broader activity.
Oliver Wilson, BDP architect director, said, “St James Quarter is Edinburgh’s largest development in a generation and creates a distinct area in the Scottish capital. Incorporating new and existing development, it transforms Edinburgh’s retail offering delivering an enriched social experience and creating a lifestyle destination which people will repeatedly revisit.
“Consumers are faced with a myriad of options when it comes to their leisure time and they want to spend it in a well designed, engaging and accessible place that offers them everything they want, and not simply a place to shop. Destinations need to make more efficient use of the space and work harder to meet consumers’ needs and St James Quarter does this by presenting a truly unique offer.”
Attention has now shifted to remaining shell and core works for the remainder of the development in advance of an internal fit-out including the cinema, hotel and high-level apartments above the main galleria.
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