MIPIM 2019

MIPIM, the world’s leading property market, brings together the most influential players from all international property sectors offering unrivalled access to the greatest number of development projects and sources of capital worldwide.

Starts: 12 March Ends: 15 March

  • Time
    09:00 - 18:00
  • Location
    Cannes, France.
  • Cost
  • Age Group


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.

1.Edinburgh Waterfront

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.

Granton Waterfront

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). 

Western Harbour

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.

2.West Edinburgh

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.

International Business Gateway

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. 

Edinburgh Park

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

Edinburgh’s Garden District is a 250 hectare development expected to deliver over 6,000 new homes across six new villages. 

3.Data-Driven Innovation 


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

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.

If you would like to arrange a 1-2-1 meeting with any of Team Edinburgh, please get in touch using the contact details below;

To discover more about additional city wide investment and development opportunities see our dedicated webpage.

Team Edinburgh

  • Councillor Adam McVEY

    Leader, The City of Edinburgh Council

    Adam is the Leader of  City of Edinburgh Council and the SNP Group and represents Leith Ward. Adam has a background in Economics and International Law and has worked for an accountancy firm, social investment charity, the Fringe Festival and for a leading human rights charity. 

    He first got elected in 2012 and served as the City’s transport Vice Convenor for 3 years prior to the Council elections in 2017. Adam sits on COSLA and the Edinburgh Partnership Board.

    Tel: +44 (0) 131 529 7051, claire.duchart@edinburgh.gov.uk

  • Councillor Cammy DAY

    Depute Leader, The City of Edinburgh Council

    Councillor Cammy Day is the Depute Leader for the City of Edinburgh, Forth Ward Councillor and Labour Group Leader. Cammy was elected as a Labour Councillor in 2008 and was made Vice Convener of Health, Social Care and Housing in 2012 under the Labour administration. In 2016, he became Convener for Education but when joining the SNP as part of the Edinburgh coalition in 2017, he was nominated Labour Group Leader and Depute Leader.

    In this role, Cammy is committed to make sure that Edinburgh continues to thrive as the world class city while ensuring all residents share in the benefits of this. He is using his time in office to focus on setting up Edinburgh’s First Poverty Commission, making sure a ‘Tourist Tax’ is secured and is chairing an All-Party Oversight Group on the expansion and development of the North and West of the City.   

    Tel: +44 (0) 131 529 7051, claire.duchart@edinburgh.gov.uk

  • Andrew KERR

    Chief Executive, The City of Edinburgh Council

    Andrew took up post as Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council on 27 July 2015. He was previously Chief Executive of Cornwall, Wiltshire and North Tyneside councils, and Chief Operating Officer in Cardiff. Known for his work on Social capital, with an interest in developing communities, a reputation for his approach to change management and large scale joint ventures for economic benefit, he is one of the most experienced local government leaders working today.

    Tel: +44 (0) 131 469 3004, debbie.harkness@edinburgh.gov.uk


    Executive Director - Place, The City of Edinburgh Council

    Paul's responsibilities include planning, housing, transport, regulatory services and environment, as well as economic development and culture. Paul joined the Council in late 2015. Previous to this, Paul was Corporate Director for Place at Stockport Council – one of the ten local authorities in the Greater Manchester city region, with a similar range of responsibilities. Paul started his working life in the cultural sector, before being appointed as Head of Cultural and Economic Development at Newcastle City Council in 2000. 

    Tel: Tel: +44 (0) 131 529 7051, claire.duchart@edinburgh.gov.uk


    Head of Investment and International Relations, The City of Edinburgh Council

    Head of Investment and International Relations at the City of Edinburgh Council, with responsibility for investor liaison and international affairs, Elaine is responsible for the city’s investment promotion agenda ‘Invest Edinburgh,' delivering the city’s magazine and website on the city’s sectoral strengths, and liaising and working closely with Scottish agencies and key city players on supporting new and existing companies in the city.

    Elaine manages the Council’s international relations across the economic, cultural and community spheres. She works closely with a wide range of international interests across the city, including Festivals Edinburgh, the universities, the Chamber of Commerce, the city’s Consular Corps, the Scottish Government and international networks such as EUROCITIES and UNESCO.

    Tel: +44 (0)7770 311 323, elaine.ballantyne@edinburgh.gov.uk

  • David COOPER

    Head of Development, The City of Edinburgh Council

    As Service Manager for Development in the Economy Service, David's main task will be delivering development and supporting infrastructure for Edinburgh. He is a town planner with over 15 years experience working for the Council in the field of planning and development. His roles have included managing the local development plan, development management and building standards services, and co-ordinating the Council's approach to developer contributions. He has also worked on the delivery of several major projects in the city, including the Edinburgh Tram.

    Tel: +44 (0) 7711 920 378, david.cooper@edinburgh.gov.uk


    Director of Corporate Services, The University of Edinburgh

    Hugh is the Director of Corporate Services at the University of Edinburgh. He is responsible for the overall management of the Corporate Services Group which includes the University’s estate, finances and commercialisation of research.

    Tel: +44 (0) 7720 846 554, hugh.edmiston@ed.ac.uk

  • Gary JEBB

    Director of Estates, The University of Edinburgh

    As Director of Estates, Gary is responsible for one of the largest and most diverse University estates in the UK.  He moved to Edinburgh from Queen’s University Belfast in 2014 to lead on a £1.5B capital investment which translates the University’s academic vision into reality, and entails spending in the region of £200m per annum for the foreseeable future. Gary has considerable experience in estates projects and facilities management, and is very well known in the Higher Education sector.

    Tel: +44 (0) 131 650 2079, gary.jebb@ed.ac.uk


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City of Edinburgh Council

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