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TH wins Edinburgh hotel consent
Published:  14 August, 2015

Final piece of Edinburgh St James jigsaw falls into place

TH Real Estate has been granted planning permission by the City of Edinburgh Council for a luxury 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 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.

Jestico + Whiles has designed the striking hotel as a bundle of ‘coiled ribbons’, creating a free-flowing design which will complement the development’s 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 the 1.7 million sq ft Edinburgh St James project, which will see the 1970s shopping centre currently on site replaced with 850,000 sq ft of retail space, up to 250 new homes, 30 restaurants and a multi-screen cinema, as well as the world class hotel.

The next hurdle to overcome will be the Compulsory Purchase Order inquiry 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.

Martin Perry, director of development at TH Real Estate, said: “The hotel’s iconic design has already generated interest from global hotel operators, and the decision to approve our proposals takes us one step closer to starting work on-site next year and to delivering the development.”