“The city constantly tops surveys for lifestyle, and as one of the best places to live and work, and it’s easy to see why. For those of us who live in Edinburgh, it’s hard not to feel a sense of pride as you see companies queuing up to relocate here. The city must ensure it continues to respond with new buildings, improved transport systems and new amenities.”
With around 200 staff across the group, Chris Stewart Group specialises in transformational regeneration projects, usually involving complex listed buildings.
Its flagship projects in Edinburgh include the £85m regeneration of The Registers, an area to the south east of St Andrew Square that previously featured a neglected warren of lanes; two historic listed buildings on the ‘at risk’ register, an empty 1960s office block and a derelict Victorian tenement.
City centre regeneration
“We’re creating a vibrant mix of new offices, luxury serviced apartments, retail units, bars and restaurants that connects the east end of Princes Street, St Andrew Square and the new Edinburgh St James development,” Stewart explains.
Key features of The Registers will include The Edinburgh Grand, a development of 50 luxury serviced apartments built around a former art deco banking hall and incorporating restaurants, a cocktail bar, lounge and private meeting space.
Alongside this will be The Mint Building, a premium office development offering 61,000 sq ft of Grade A accommodation for businesses seeking a city centre location.
“One of the keys to economically successful cities is close collaboration between business and local government,” Stewart says.
The city constantly tops surveys for lifestyle, and as one of the best places to live and work, and it’s easy to see why. For those of us who live in Edinburgh, it’s hard not to feel a sense of pride as you see companies queuing up to relocate here.Chris Stewart, chief executive and founder, Chris Stewart Group
As one of city’s most active developers, Chris Stewart Group has worked closely with the City of Edinburgh Council’s Invest Edinburgh team and other city council services over the years. This has included taking part in events to showcase development opportunities to investors in China, where the council operates an Edinburgh incubator space in Shenzhen – and at MIPIM in Cannes - the world’s leading property market.
“Chris Stewart Group has worked closely with Invest Edinburgh and the wider city council services across the years,” Stewart says. “This community of policy makers, planners, and marketers has been very helpful in ensuring the success of our developments, supporting us through showcase events and by keeping us connected to stakeholders.”
Support from the Invest Edinburgh team has also included coverage in the Invest Edinburgh magazine and international publications, as well as the Invest Edinburgh website and social media platforms, reaching a global audience of almost 20,000 influencers, followers and readers.
“We strive to share information and work closely with colleagues across the city, both in the private sector and at the council, through formal and informal networks,” Stewart continues. “As individual organisations, we’re all aiming towards the same goals – economic success, cultural diversity, exceptional quality of life – and this must be our strength both at home and abroad.”
Chris Stewart Group is also behind the transformation of three A-listed Georgian townhouses on Baxter’s Place at the top of Leith Walk into a 240-bed Courtyard by Marriott hotel. And its Greenside development on Edinburgh’s Blenheim Place has involved extensively refurbishing 35,000 sq ft of Grade A office space over five floors. It is now home to fintech company Nucleus Financial.
“The economy of Edinburgh has always been very resilient and businesses in the city have proved their ability to adapt to change and grasp opportunities,” Stewart says.
“The technology sector that has rapidly evolved in Edinburgh is an example of the city’s dynamism. We have tech companies inspiring a new generation of start-ups and high-growth businesses.
The office market has largely kept pace, offering everything from flexible, short term space through to contemporary, new build accommodation that reflects the nature and needs of these businesses.”
Stewart himself has been based in Edinburgh for most of the last 20 years and loves the city’s buzz and connectedness.
“It has amazing heritage but is also a city renowned for its innovation – and that’s quite a combination of qualities,” he says. “So it’s a unique environment – and there’s certainly nothing else quite like it in the UK.”
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