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Old May 6th, 2015, 11:01 AM   #101
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The former Sydney Mitchell medical pavilions, Q7 & Q8 in the masterplan, have been rebranded as The Lofts - 41 flats with 4 ground floor retail units. This phase is currently under construction.

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Old May 10th, 2015, 09:28 PM   #102
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Whisky body shakes up its image with move to modernist office building

Sunday Herald - 10th May, 2015

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The Scotch Whisky Association is to move into a modernist glass and steel Foster + Partners designed offices in Edinburgh's Old Town, in a move that the trade association says will help it to "showcase the industry better".

Last month the SWA, the trade body which represents most Scotch whisky distillers, sold its Georgian townhouse office offices at Atholl Crescent in the New Town - which has been its home for more than 40 years - and has taken a 15-year lease of the first floor of the cutting edge Quartermile 2 development, which it will move into in the second half of the summer.

SWA chief executive David Frost said that the move to a modern open plan office would give staff a better working environment and, from an image point of view, was "a statement of the kind of association and indeed industry we want to be".

"Quartermile gives us a new and modern office environment of a kind that was not possible at Atholl Crescent," he said.

"Its design and location will make a vigorous statement about the Scotch Whisky Association as the representative of an industry that is both very modern yet rooted in tradition. It will also take us to a new level in team working and will give our talented staff the kind of office environment they deserve."

The move to its new award-winning offices in Lister Square will be the SWA's third move since it was founded in 1942. Originally located at Abercromby Place, the association moved to nearby George Street before moving to its Grade A listed offices at 20 Atholl Crescent in the early 1970s.

Earlier this year the SWA announced a shake-up of its senior management team that will see some of its operations move to a new London office which is expected to open in the coming weeks. The London office will be headed up by a new global affairs director who has yet to be appointed.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 10:33 PM   #103
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Any indication as to where the London office is?
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Old May 11th, 2015, 09:49 AM   #104
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Any indication as to where the London office is?
I can't find anything more so I think an exact location hasn't been announced yet.
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Old May 11th, 2015, 12:52 PM   #105
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Old May 15th, 2015, 09:52 AM   #106
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More renders of 'The Lofts' and a new masterplan image (though it still shows the old RMA design for the rear of the surgical hospital).





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Old May 26th, 2015, 12:30 PM   #107
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Construction has begun on Q24 & Q25 - the last two residential blocks fronting the Meadows.

Images from contractors, Cidon Construction on Twitter.



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Old June 5th, 2015, 10:33 AM   #108
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I gather that one of the schools within the University of Edinburgh is showing an interest in buying the former surgical block (the main building on Lauriston Place).
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I gather that one of the schools within the University of Edinburgh is showing an interest in buying the former surgical block (the main building on Lauriston Place).
I must admit that I have always wondered about the lack of any University interest in Quartermile. They have been powering ahead as an institution in the last decade - moving up the league tables and pulling ahead of most former peers (by student numbers) in the Russell Group Uni's on research income. There is some scope for central campus development as Potterow develops but not much apart from that. It would be a bold and expensive step but I can see the logic.
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Some recent aerial shots from Quartermile on Facebook.







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Some recent aerial shots from Quartermile on Facebook.


On the whole, I really like how Quartermile has worked out. I took a walk through one evening a few weeks ago, and it's got a nice feel to it. For me, earlier worries about how the new-builds would look from the Meadows have been pleasantly placated. A thumbs up here.
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Some recent aerial shots from Quartermile on Facebook.

Looks cracking!
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Old June 24th, 2015, 10:16 AM   #113
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I've no idea why I've never bothered having a wander round Quartermile before now! Thumbs up from me.







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Edinburgh's Quartermile bags major office prelet

CoStar UK - 27th July, 2015

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Moorfield and Quartermile backed by M&G Real Estate have secured Edinburgh-based sports entertainment business FanDuel for what is understood to be the Scottish capital’s largest office prelet in more than 10 years.

FanDuel has signed for 58,567 sq ft on the top three floors of the £50m seven-storey 128,600 sq ft speculatively developed Quartermile 4 building at the heart of the city centre’s Quartermile.

The rent has not been disclosed but is understood to be in excess of £30 per sq ft.

FanDuel is the first to sign on the new offices and has agreed a 15-year lease, with a ten-year break clause. According to CBRE, joint agent with Montagu Evans, the deal is Edinburgh’s largest pre-let in over 10 years.

FanDuel employs almost 300 staff split between the UK and US. The deal will see the company’s Edinburgh based staff move from its existing accommodation within the Quartermile 1 office building. FanDuel’s new offices will have capacity to accommodate around 500 people.

Construction of Quartermile 4 is underway and is due to be completed in April 2016. It is being built as a result of an £80m funding deal secured by Quartermile with M&G Real Estate last June to speculatively develop the remaining two office buildings at the development.

Quartermile 4 will be the first new office building to be finished in Edinburgh city centre out of those being constructed. FanDuel will occupy its new office from 2016.

FanDuel chief executive, Nigel Eccles, said: “We founded our business in Edinburgh five years ago and Quartermile has been our home for the past year. It’s an outstanding location which provides us with all that we need.

“Quartermile’s a great place for our people to work and relax, which helps us attract and retain the best staff. The development’s overall thoughtful design and complementary mix of office, retail, leisure and residential properties gives it a genuine campus feel which isn’t replicated anywhere else in the city. Importantly, Quartermile is also recognised as a key location for Edinburgh’s burgeoning tech sector.

“When the opportunity arose to relocate to Quartermile 4 we had little hesitation in doing so. The development’s management team, led by Paul Curran, have been very helpful throughout and understand the needs of a business like ours. We’re now looking forward to making the move and continuing to implement our controlled growth strategy.”

FanDuel offers competitions in free and paid fantasy leagues across the NFL, NBA, NHL and other US sports. The company has over one million active paying users and this year expects to give away prizes totalling $2bn.

Quartermile managing director, Paul Curran, said: “FanDuel is a remarkable success story and we are very pleased to be in the position of working with Nigel and his team as the business continues to expand. It’s an exciting, fast-growing company with huge potential, and we’re proud to be home to FanDuel.

“This deal further establishes Quartermile as being at the heart of Edinburgh’s world-class tech sector and demonstrates the development’s continued momentum. It also validates our decision to secure the £80m speculative development funding deal with M&G Real Estate last year.

“There is a significant amount of interest from a number of parties for the remaining space at Quartermile 4, so we are hopeful of making further announcements in the near future.”

Aaron Pope, director, asset management at M&G Real Estate, said: “This significant letting to FanDuel supports M&G Real Estate’s strategy of speculatively developing in carefully selected regional markets. Quartermile is a true reflection of a development that offers retail, residential and offices that complement one another.”

FanDuel was advised on the deal by property agents Eric Young & Co and law firm Lindsays. Quartermile was represented by joint agents CBRE and Montagu Evans with legal advice provided by Brodies.

Quartermile 4 and the final office building, Quartermile 3, will ultimately provide Grade A office space for over 2,000 people and will complete the office component at the development. Companies locating to Quartermile will be alongside other existing high profile occupiers including flight search business Skyscanner, Investec and IBM.

Quartermile is expected to be completed in 2018. Once concluded, the development will provide Edinburgh with 1,050 apartments of which 531 are already occupied and another 274 currently being built, 370,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, 65,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space and seven acres of open landscaping.
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The parallels with Skyscanner are interesting. Both located in Quartermile. Both are opening an office in Glasgow for talent that doesn't want to relocate. Both have taken over App developer businesses they were working with a lot - as a quick means to accelerate their own recruitment. In Skyscanners case it took over a Hungarian App firm it was using. In Fanduels, it was local company Kotikan who employ 50 at Codebase in Argyle House. No doubt that +50 employees arithmetic was part of the drive behind this move.

Such is the pace and demands of growing at breakneck speed.
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Construction pics of Q24 & Q25 from contractors, Cidon Construction, on Twitter.


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