Festival vision for St James

Published: 01 April 2019

The team behind Edinburgh’s £1 billion St James development have revealed a vision to make the site a community hub capable of hosting a range of festival events.

From a rooftop cinema to an underground food market, the city’s east end could be revolutionised, bringing the nine event spaces within the site to life all year round.

We want to continue to build on Edinburgh’s famous calendar of events and cultural highlights...

Martin Perry, Director of Development , Edinburgh St James


With construction of the project now passing the half way stage, the developers are determined to build a legacy which provides a positive lifestyle for the people who live and work in the city.

Developers have spoken of delving into the Capital’s extensive festival calendar to attract residents and tourists alike to the innovative mixed-use facility, even being able to host its own music festival.

The retail and leisure element at Edinburgh St James is on course to meet October 2020 target, followed by full scheme completion in 2021.

The firm behind the St James, Nuveen Real Estate says the 1.7 million sq ft development is one of the largest and most significant regeneration projects currently under way in the UK.

The St James development is beginning to take shape, with the framework for the shopping area and the centrepiece hotel’s lift shaft in place. 

Martin Perry added: “We have a special focus on sustainability and what we can do to boost the city. Our aim is for Edinburgh St James to redefine retail-led mixed-use regeneration in this country, with the development repositioning Edinburgh as one of the most exciting, forward-thinking and sought after destinations for retail and leisure operators in Europe...”

Full story via Edinburgh Evening News 


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