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Old September 16th, 2014, 08:51 PM   #81
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Old September 22nd, 2014, 12:35 PM   #82
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Quartermile Four u/c.


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Old November 27th, 2014, 02:55 PM   #83
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They are fitting out the North Pavilion on Lister Square as a Swedish cafe/bakery called Söderberg, from the team behind Peter's Yard.
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Old November 28th, 2014, 12:15 AM   #84
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More slow coffee then.
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November update from The Edinburgh 12 Bulletin.

I wonder what the proposals are for Middle Meadow Walk?

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8. Quartermile

This site is an eight hectare scheme overlooking the Meadows that will ultimately deliver residential apartments, office and retail and leisure space.

 A meeting has taken place with the Royal Geographical Society to discuss the possibility of a global photography exhibition on site. A proposal was sent by RGS in September 2014.

 Planning consultations are progressing for the proposals for Q1 (old ERI), Q25 (housing) and Middle Meadow Walk.

 Q4 is due for completion in early 2016 and will deliver 136,500 sqft grade A office space.
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Some recent construction pics of Q4 from contractors, Gidon Construction.





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Old January 9th, 2015, 04:25 PM   #87
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Quartermile wins Gold at the What House? Awards

Quartermile - 9th January, 2015

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Quartermile has been recognised as the UK’s best mixed-use development at a prestigious National Housebuilding Awards ceremony.

The What House? Awards, now in their 33rd year, are held annually at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Over 1,600 senior figures from the UK housebuilding industry who attended the awards saw Quartermile win gold in the best mixed-use development category.

The official What House? Awards judges report explained: “Quartermile is not only a visual tour de force; it also demonstrates that new development is capable of enhancing even the most precious of our historic townscapes. This is a major development on a scale, and with an ambition, appropriate to one of the world’s major capital cities.”

Once complete, Quartermile, which was master planned by Foster & Partners, will comprise over 900 apartments, in excess of 350,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, 65,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, over 600 residential and public underground parking spaces and seven acres of open landscaping. The development is expected to be completed in 2018.

Commenting on the award win, Quartermile managing director, Paul Curran, said: “We are hugely pleased to have won such a high profile accolade. The What House? Awards are regarded as the housebuilding industry’s Oscars, so to win gold is an outstanding achievement.

“It is testament to the professionalism and dedication of the team we have at Quartermile, including our designers and contractors. Everyone should be very proud of the role they have played in enabling the development to be recognised in this way.”

Well over 600 apartments have been sold and Quartermile has continued to experience significant year-on-year sales growth, with growth expected to continue until the end of 2014 and beyond.

Quartermile also recently secured an £80m funding deal to enable it to speculatively develop its remaining two office buildings - Quartermile 3 and Quartermile 4. Construction of the 130,000 sq ft Quartermile 4 Grade A office building commenced in July and is due to complete in April 2016.
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Old January 13th, 2015, 09:55 AM   #88
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Construction progress on Quartermile 4.


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Old January 16th, 2015, 02:21 PM   #89
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Quartermile's flagship hotel up for sale

The Herald - 16th January, 2015

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Quartermile, the development group under new ownership, has announced the appointment of international real estate firm CBRE Hotels to market the sale of the flagship hotel on its unfinished central Edinburgh site.

The Residence Inn by Marriott opened in autumn 2011 and won the 'new business of the year' award from Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce in 2013.

Designed by world-renowned architects Foster & Partners, the 107-bed 'extended stay' hotel is the first in the UK for the Residence Inn chain, which was acquired by Marriott in 1987 and now extends to 600 hotels in the US, Canada and Mexico.

Paul Curran, managing director of Quartermile, said: "This is an excellent opportunity to purchase a highly successful hotel operation in an unrivalled and continually growing location. We are confident that the strength of the Marriott brand combined with CBRE's expertise in this area will lead to a high level of interest."

The high-end hotel brand offers longer-stay accommodation, with studios and one-bedroom suites, the rooms are all equipped with a kitchen, and facilities include a fitness centre.

Robert Seabrook, executive director at CBRE Hotels, said: "We are delighted to be involved in the sale of this exceptional management-encumbered extended stay hotel. The Quartermile development is reaching a stage of critical mass, the Residence Inn brand is gaining traction in the UK and Europe, and the UK and Edinburgh hotel markets are accelerating. The confluence of these drivers, coupled with the straightforward operating model and strong asset fundamentals should make this property highly appealing to a broad array of investor groups."

Marriott competes in the US with other extended stay brands run by Intercontinental, Hyatt and Hilton. In the UK Marriott has 63 hotels including six in Scotland, ranging from the Courtyard Aberdeen Airport at £55 a night to Edinburgh's Glasshouse at £110 and the Residence Inn at £151.

Quartermile meanwhile is regaining momentum after being mired in the property slump since early in its development.

The 19-acre site of the city's Victorian Royal Infirmary was acquired by Gladedale Capital in 2005 from original developers Bank of Scotland, Taylor Woodrow and Kilmartin Property Group, which went into receivership in 2010 owing Lloyds Banking Group some £200m.

Gladedale sold in September 2013 to Moorfield Group . The site was originally predicted to have an end value of up to £500m once it was developed into a "vibrant cosmopolitan new quarter" supporting 5000 jobs.

Office occupiers include Investec, Skyscanner, Morton Fraser and Maclay Murray Spens while retail units have been taken by the likes of Sainsbury's, Starbucks, Peter's Yard and most recently Italian bar Enzo. Apartments at the site range in price from £250,000 for a one-bedroom flat to £1.8 million for a penthouse with a view.

Gladedale had put expected completion of the site back to 2016 while Moorfield has now said it will be 2018.

The firm has abandoned plans to convert two B-listed medical pavilions at the centre of the site into a boutique hotel, and intends to turn them into luxury apartments instead.
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Looks like John McAslan + Partners have been appointed to the final piece of Quartermile, the Surgical Hospital redevelopment:

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John McAslan + Partners is developing a proposal for the Grade A listed Surgical Building as part of the Quartermile mixed use development on the site of the old Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh. The proposal for this significant building was predominantly residential in use, with retail animating the ground level, and also included a significant new build residential proposal on the vacant site to the rear of the Grade A listed building.

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As part of the initial masterplan, Richard Murphy Architects designed a conversion of the building into five star hotel. When the hotel was later dropped, RMA developed a residential scheme.

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Bit disappointing to see the high density of new build around the old hospital building to make this viable.

Only consolation is that the quality of the quartermile development has been the best Edinburgh has seen for a long time.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 08:32 PM   #92
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PAN submitted for the Surgical Hospital.

15/00126/PAN | Change of use to residential and proposed alterations and extension to building to form residential development with Class I/II/III uses at ground floor. | 1 Lauriston Place Edinburgh EH3 9EF

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Time: 2.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: The Marketing Suite, 1 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh.
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I went along to the public consultation last night. Contrary to what I thought, John McAslan + Partners are not involved. Both the restoration of the existing Surgical Hospital and the new build will be by CDA, who were responsible for the conversion of the former ward buildings elsewhere on the site.

The Surgical Hospital will be converted into 130-140 flats, with a further 80-90 flats in a new build element. The latter is basically a U shaped building against the rear of the hospital, creating an internal courtyard, and in style looks pretty similar to CDA's project on Eyre Place - large areas of masonry, recessed balconies, etc. It looks okay but not as promising as the McAlsan pics I posted a few posts back.

There is a lot of ground floor retail/commercial proposed - all down the east wings of the Surgical Hospital against Middle Meadow Walk, in the new build, and in the rear western wing of the hospital. It looked to be broken into around 8 units but some were huge so I imagine some of them could well be further divided to create more units. There's to be a landscaped pedestrian route down the eastern edge of the hospital building to Lauriston Place with a couple of openings punched through to Middle Meadow Walk.

There was a lot of activity elsewhere on Quartermile when I visited. The steel frame for the Q4 office block looks nearly complete and they were busy in the old Sydney Mitchell medical pavilions, stripping out the later additions, etc.
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A couple of new videos.

Promotional film for the Q4 office development - new CGI from halfway through.




Timelapse of Q4 construction.




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Quartermile Four: Time lapse video

In October 2014, Time Lapse Scotland placed a camera on the rooftop of the Quartermile One building.

Since then, one photograph has been taken every five minutes capturing the construction of Quartermile’s latest landmark project, Quartermile Four. After four months of filming, more than three thousand images were compiled into a captivating time lapse video.

Once complete, Quartermile Four will provide 128,600 sq ft of Grade A offices that will help meet the city’s current demand for commercial space. Indeed, for the first time in several years, the demand for commercial property in the capital is outstripping supply with property consultancy JLL recently saying that office occupier take up was at its strongest rate for a decade in 2014.

The offices found in Quartermile Four will feature modern floor-to-ceiling windows, roof terraces and some will boast stunning views of the glorious historic Edinburgh Castle, The Meadows, Arthur’s Seat and the Pentland Hills.

The time lapse video shows the completion of the structure’s concrete cores as well as the concrete basement and access ramp. Towards the end of the video you can see the steel ‘superstructure’ being erected, which as Quartermile’s construction manager Alan Laidlaw told Q360, is the most impressive and dramatic phase of the whole project.

Alan said: “The steel superstructure is being erected relatively quickly and gives everyone a real feel for the size of the building. Once this frame is complete, the next stage is for the composite slabs to be laid on each floor, followed by the curtain walling and external cladding system, which forms the external skin of the building.”

In April, a huge 500 tonne tower crane is due to be placed on top of the concrete lift shaft, which will be used to install the curtain walling system. This is sure to make for interesting viewing in the next time lapse video which is scheduled to be ready in May this year.

Watch this space…

Once complete, Quartermile will comprise over 900 apartments, in the excess of 350,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, 65,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space and seven acres of open landscaping. The development is expected to be completed in 2018.
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Shot from one of the balconies of RMA's social housing block. Nice view while it lasted as I think they'll soon be looking directly onto the side of Q4! Still not a fan of this building but those flower pot holders are a lovely detail, so its not all bad...


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Amazing view. Neale is one of my favourite photographers, he really nailed all of those shots that the link points to on his site.
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