First look at £300m 'world class' development

Published: 14 June 2019

Detailed proposals to build three office blocks and two hotels on the giant Haymarket gap site have been handed over to Edinburgh planners.

The Qmile Group have submitted full revised plans for the £300m development at Haymarket.

The Qmile Group submitted full revised plans for the £300m development between Dalry Road and Morrison Street - including proposals for a 4-star hotel. If approved by Edinburgh City Council, a new public space will be built in the centre of the five surrounding buildings.

The square, which will allow for pedestrian access through the site, is likely to host “a select series of events” including “pop-up events organised around sporting occasions”. The new public square could also be used for weekend and festive markets on the sit that has lain derelict and abandoned for half a century.

The development will only include 55 car parking spaces - and will have room to store 688 cycles. Developers say “there is almost no reason why car transport should be needed to access the site” with 26 bus routes and a tram stop servicing Haymarket.

Qmile Group chief executive, Paul Curran, said: “Our exciting new proposals for Haymarket comprise five buildings which will provide Edinburgh with more than 370,000 sq ft of much-needed Grade A office space and hotel accommodation, plus provision for 40,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space.

“The masterplan for our £300m development has been designed by globally-renowned architect Foster + Partners to deliver sustainable commercial and societal benefits for Edinburgh.”

He added: “The proposals we have submitted for approval will purposefully create a platform for further economic growth within the Capital. At the same time, Haymarket will provide Edinburgh’s residents and visitors with inclusive new public space within the city centre

If approved, the development will be built above rail tunnels linking Waverley and Haymarket....

Full story via The Edinburgh Evening News

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