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Jestico + Whiles wins contest for 'centrepiece' Edinburgh hotel

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Jestico + Whiles has seen off an impressive list of practices, including Foster + Partners, to design the ‘centrepiece’ hotel within the £850million Edinburgh St James scheme

It is understood Allies & Morrison, KPF and WATG (Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo) were also in the running for the job at the heart of the huge, retail-led city centre project masterplanned by Allan Murray Architects.

The AJ100 practice’s victorious concept is described as a bundle of ‘coiled ribbons…creating a free-flowing and bold building’. The 210-room hotel will feature a ‘lofty bar, lounge and restaurant space boasting 360 degree panoramic views over’ the Scottish capital.

Backed by TIAA Henderson Real Estate, the wider development will replace the 1970s St James shopping mall and also includes 42,500m² of shops, office space, a digital theatre, restaurants and 250 homes

Work on the development is due to start later this year and complete in 2020.

Full design team:

  • Jestico + Whiles to design centrepiece hotel
  • Allan Murray Architects, the scheme’s masterplanners
  • BDP, technical architects on the development
  • Purcell, which has redesigned listed buildings St Andrews Hall and 27-31 James Craig Walk
  • OPEN which is the landscape architect on the development

Martin Perry, director of development at TIAA Henderson said: ‘[The practice] demonstrated a thorough understanding and imagination for what we would like to achieve for Edinburgh St James which was reflected in their proposals.

‘The final hotel design is likely to be influenced by the operator and given Edinburgh is continuing to prove a highly attractive destination with a growing tourist economy and strong finance market, we are encouraged by the response we have received from interested parties so far.’

 

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