Posted on: 04 September 2020

The construction projects coming to Scotland’s capital

As part of our Building Cities blog series, we take a closer look at some of the UK’s biggest cities and their high profile construction projects.

Whilst Edinburgh isn’t the largest city in Scotland, it is certainly one of the most important cities in the UK, with Scotland’s parliament housed at Holyrood, close to the royal residence, Holyrood Palace.

Edinburgh is a city of huge contrasts. The Old Town has been preserved to beautifully show Scotland’s past, whilst Leith is well known for its modern restaurant and bar areas, as well as the new developments that we will come onto later.

Carry on reading to see some of the top construction projects coming to Edinburgh in the near future.

Edinburgh’s construction projects

The Dunard Centre

Previously known as the IMPACT Project, The Dunard Centre is a new state of the art concert hall that will be built behind Dundas House at St Andrew’s Square.

The project was introduced in 2016, with a competition by the International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust (IMPACT), who asked for designs for the new building. David Chipperfield Architects were announced as the competition winners in April 2017, with the designs finally approved in April 2019.

The project will feature a 1,000 capacity auditorium, 200 seat studio and a large foyer for all-day performances, and will be the new home of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The centre will also be a host venue for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, once it is completed.

Edinburgh Rugby Stadium

Edinburgh Rugby has had a turbulent time when it comes to finding an appropriate stadium. The club usually plays at the 67,144 capacity Murrayfield Stadium, home of the national rugby team, but also used the smaller 5,500 capacity Myreside Stadium in the 2018-2019 season.

Whilst Myreside was suitable for league games, the club found that they needed the extra capacity for European or cup games so switched back to Murrayfield for those fixtures. However, with the record capacity for an Edinburgh rugby game at around 38,000, just over half of Murrayfield’s capacity, the club found themselves looking for a more appropriate, long term home.

The new stadium, which is being developed next to Murrayfield stadium, broke ground in October 2019, with work being halted due to COVID-19. Work recommenced on the site in June 2020, however, it has not yet been revealed whether or not the stadium will be ready for the 2020/2021 season, as originally predicted.

The new stadium will feature a 7,800 seat capacity, a World Rugby compliant 3G pitch, a bar and toilet facilities. Team changing rooms and the clubhouse will remain at the Murrayfield site.

Leith Western Harbour

The Western Harbour project has recently just finished what was known as Phase Zero, with 234 rented homes built, forming the basis of the Western Harbour Community. Phases One, Two and Three will look to add between 2,000-2,200 new homes to the project, as well as 44,000 square metres of parkland which will be returned to the public.

Developers are also hoping to bring large 24-hour supermarket chains, an NHS surgery and three primary schools to the community. The site will also feature retail space for small businesses.

Edinburgh St James

The £1bn regeneration project will develop over 150,000 square metres of land in one of the largest redevelopment projects in the UK. This will include around 79,000 square metres of retail, food and leisure space.

As part of all this regeneration, there will be a new W Hotel, 152 new homes, over 30 restaurants and a new Everyman Cinema. It is estimated that the redevelopment of the project will have a goods spend potential of £4.5bn to go into the local economy.

West Princes Street Gardens

West Princes Street Gardens is currently being redesigned by The Quaich Project, where the community garden at the northern foot of Edinburgh Castle will undergo redevelopment.

Currently, in the community consultation process, the gardens will be receiving a new pavilion, family area and fountain, all designed in a contemporary style, whilst providing space for the local community and nature alike.

The £25m project has been designed by lead architect wHY, along with specialists including GRAS, Groves-Raines Architects and others.

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The construction industry will become more interesting and exciting in the coming years with major investments in UK infrastructure up and down the country. However, the industry also carries risk which is why it’s essential to consider insurance.

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