The Central Hotel gets the green light
TH Real Estate has been granted planning permission by the City of Edinburgh Council for the landmark hotel which will sit at the heart of its mixed-use Edinburgh St James scheme. The Central Hotel application marks the last major planning decision to be taken by the City of Edinburgh Council and signifies another key milestone for Edinburgh St James, one of largest regeneration projects currently underway in the UK.
Architecture practice Jestico + Whiles has designed the striking hotel as a bundle of ‘coiled ribbons’, creating a free-flowing design which will complement the development’s elegantly understated masterplan. The building will create a new landmark venue for the city and will include up to 210 beds, restaurants, bars and a rooftop terrace at uppermost levels, providing never-seen-before panoramic views across the city.
In July, the City of Edinburgh Council approved Primary Reserved Matters, Secondary Reserved Matters and a John Lewis detailed application for the 157,935 square-metre Edinburgh St James project which was designed by Edinburgh-based Allan Murray Architects. The redevelopment will see the 1970’s shopping centre currently on site replaced with 78, 967 square metre of retail space, up to 250 new homes, 30 restaurants and a multi-screen cinema as well as the world class hotel.
Now that the hotel designs have been given the green light, TH Real Estate is looking forward to the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) scheduled for September. Subject to its successful resolution, the team will work towards a January vacant possession of the St James Centre. This will enable demolition works to begin onsite in early 2016, with completion anticipated to be in 2020.