Readily acknowledged as one of the most attractive locations for international investment into the UK, Scotland's capital city offers a wide variety of investment and property development opportunities.
Currently, there are significant strategic development opportunities at Edinburgh Waterfront; West Edinburgh; and Fountainbridge / the Edinburgh BioQuarter.
Edinburgh Waterfront stretches 28km from South Queensferry to Joppa. The vision is to deliver a series of new mixed-tenure, high-density residential neighbourhoods punctuated by oases of parkland, all connected by an active travel corridor running along the coast. Initial focus is on two major opportunities: Granton Waterfront and Western Harbour.
The largest brownfield regeneration opportunity in Edinburgh, Granton Waterfront offers sea-views and easy access to the countryside. Just 3km north of the city centre it offers major opportunities for housebuilders and commercial property developers. There are also opportunities for developers specialising in the reuse of historic buildings, with the adaptive reuse of the Granton Gasometer (one of the UK’s largest remaining gasholders) and the Madelvic Motor Carriage works (a former Victorian factory).
Development to date has seen the delivery of hundreds of luxury flats and a new superstore. Western Harbour is strategically located adjacent to Newhaven Harbour, the terminus of the proposed Edinburgh tram extension and a major point of arrival for cruise liner traffic. The principal landowner is Forth Ports, which holds an approved design framework for the development of 1,600 build-to-rent homes. There are also plans for a new primary school and park.
A major extension of Edinburgh comprising hundreds of hectares of greenfield land to the west of the city. Perhaps the best-connected location in Scotland, the area benefits from close proximity to both Edinburgh Airport and the national motorway network as well as being serviced by both tram and trains. Royal Bank of Scotland has its international headquarters there, while global blue-chip companies such as BT, Fujitsu, Diageo, JP Morgan, and Aegon also have major operations in the area.
The International Business Gateway (IBG) is a proposed new mixed-use district on a 100 hectare site to the south of Edinburgh Airport. The IBG will deliver over 23,000m2 of office space along with hundreds of new homes, hotels, shops, and cafés.
Crosswinds is a proposed new development on the site of Edinburgh Airport’s to-be-decommissioned crosswinds runway. The 40 hectare development would deliver new offices, homes, and hotels, along with logistical and industrial space complementing the Airport's cargo operations.
The first phase of Edinburgh Park has delivered a major business campus in a landscaped parkland setting that is now close to fully let. The second phase, being delivered by Parabola, will evolve Edinburgh Park into a vibrant mixed-use district, delivering 69,700m2 of additional offices along with 1,800 new homes.
Edinburgh’s Garden District is a 250 hectare development expected to deliver over 6,000 new homes across six new villages.
Fountainbridge is an emerging extension of Edinburgh’s central business district. It is located between the Exchange District (Edinburgh’s financial and professional services hub) and Quartermile (home to some of Edinburgh’s leading tech companies) and adjacent to the Union Canal, just minutes from Haymarket railway station. Major investment in recent years has delivered new flats, student accommodation, and hotels along with an award-winning new high school.
Two major new office developments are planned for Fountainbridge: 12,000m2 by the City of Edinburgh Council and 5,200m2 by Vastint. Complementing these will be over 1,000 new homes along with shops, cafés, and Castle Mills, a new creative hub and visitor attraction.
Edinburgh BioQuarter is a flagship development that brings together medical, academic, and commercial activity on a 40 hectare site, representing a globally significant cluster of biomedical research activity. The BioQuarter brings together around 300 clinical-academics along with over 700 medical students.
There are plans to develop significant additional office and laboratory capacity at BioQuarter, along with ancillary assets such as a hotel and staff accommodation.
1-2-1 Meetings at MIPIM 2019
The Edinburgh Team will be located within the 'Scottish Pavilion,' and a programme of events and activities will be developed to showcase Scotland’s leading cities. The 'Scottish Pavilion' will be in a prominent position, located on the terrace outside the Palais des Festivals on STAND C16.C.
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