Foster-designed scheme under way

Wraps come off revamped Haymarket development

New public space at Haymarket Edinburgh looking towards the station

Edinburgh’s newest commercial, retail and leisure development was officially unveiled last night, on a site in the west end that has lain derelict for half a century.

Construction of the £350 million Haymarket scheme, by M&G Real Estate and property developer Qmile Group, is now under way and is already attracting “huge interest”.

The revamped design by globally renowned architect Foster + Partners will see more than 380,000 sq ft of much-needed Grade A office space along with hotel accommodation totalling 365 bedrooms and provision for 40,000 sq ft of retail space, equating to about a dozen units.

The four-acre site, a former railway goods yard and later a car park, will comprise five buildings, three of which will be offices and the other two hotels. It is estimated that the office space alone will accommodate up to 4,500 workers.

At the heart of the development will be Haymarket Square, a landscaped public space for the city centre which has been designed to offer leisure and retail opportunities as well as a social and events space.

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