Next phase to begin in March
New Waverley Arches welcoming first tenants
A row of reopened Victorian arches close to Waverley station in Edinburgh is welcoming its first businesses in decades.
The C-listed brickwork arches were built as a series of double-fronted ‘bridge streets’ to take the pressure off the overcrowded Royal Mile.
Boarded up for years, they now form part of a £150 million regeneration that will bring hotels, leisure and apartments to the area.
The largest of the arches, opposite the city council offices in Market Street, will have three levels crowned with a rooftop terrace.
The New Waverley redevelopment, delivered by Staran Architects and Union Projects, is now attracting independent and artisan style operators.
Two tenants already in place are Uncover Lab, which uses advanced laser technology to imprint 3D designs on objects, and 6 Yard Box, which sells fashions and memorabilia inspired by football.
Charlotte Swanson, area asset manager of developer Artisan Real Estate Investors, said: “We’ll have many more opening in the next few months. And coming soon will be, amongst others, Temp Tea Bar, jewellery designer Miss Katie Cupcake, and Mudo Photography Gallery.
Phase 2 will begin In March and will include 160,000 sq. ft. of prime Grade A office space and 148 high quality residential apartments. In October, the 146-bed Adagio aparthotel on the Royal Mile will be completed as parr of a £2 public square.