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Fosters takes on stalled regeneration of Edinburgh Haymarket site

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Foster + Partners is drawing up a mixed-use scheme for a gap site next to Edinburgh’s Haymarket Station, replacing an earlier stalled project by Richard Murphy Architects

The fresh plans follow the sale of the 1.6ha former goods yard last year by Interserve and Tiger Developments to M&G Real Estate for £49.1 million.

The sold plot came with planning permission for 32,516m² of office space, 3,716m² of shops and leisure and a 172-room hote, a scheme masterplanned by Scottish firm Richard Murphy Architects.

However the new developer has chosen to start again, submitting a proposal of application notice to Edinburgh Council for the ’comprehensive redevelopment’ of the site comprising hotels, offices, retail, leisure, public houses, restaurants, and car parking.

According to the AJ’s sister publication, Construction News, in 2017 the £200 million project was hit by delays to the completion of work strengthening tunnels on the site.

M&G is working with QMile Group on the Haymarket project, which it also worked with on the huge Quartermile regeneration of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Commenting on the appointment of the UK’s largest practice on the job, M&G Real Estate’s director of asset management, Aaron Pope, said: ’We know from experience that Foster + Partners is a truly world class organisation. Our success of working with them and Qmile Group on Quartermile, and their continued commitment to providing an innovative, modern and sustainable approach to placemaking, will be key for Haymarket.

Pope said its ‘revised’ masterplamn for the site would ’use the very latest thinking in design, materials and sustainability practices to enhance the impact of the development in this prime location’.


“Haymarket will provide Edinburgh with a vibrant place to work, rest and socialise, which we believe will set new standards nationally and internationally. We look forward to revealing our plans for the site over the coming months.”


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  • A great shame that the Murphy design couldn't be achieved, and the Foster machine has a lot to live up to - here's hoping.

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