Laing O’Rourke selected for Scotland regeneration project

Vania Goncalves 21 Oct 2016 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based construction company Laing O’Rourke has been appointed main contractor by TH Real Estate and APG for a £1bn retail and leisure centre project in Scotland, UK.

The 157,900sq m Edinburgh St James development will feature 79,000sq m of retail space, a multi-screen cinema, and a five-star hotel. It will also involve the construction of 150 apartments and 1,600 car park spaces.

Laing O’Rourke’s chairman and chief executive Ray O’Rourke said: “TH Real Estate are to be commended for the 21st century approach to this complex city centre project. Their etermination to engage with digital technology, engineering excellence and design for manufacture and assembly is the mark of a forward-thinking organisation.

“I am delighted that Laing O’Rourke has been selected as their delivery partner. Through the aforementioned strategies we will deliver this project on time and budget, but also to the satisfaction of all the stakeholders.”

Robert-Jan Foortse, head of European property investments at APG, said: “The Edinburgh St James project is one of the UK’s largest and most significant regeneration projects. We are excited to become part of this scheme that will transform and reinforce the heart of Edinburgh city centre with the creation of a new shopping destination. Furthermore we believe that the addition of the W hotel will help attract even more tourists to this Unesco World Heritage city.”

Construction work has commenced, along with the existing St James Shopping centre demolition which is anticipated to take around 18 months. The scheme is expected to be complete in 2021 and create up to 3,000 permanent jobs.

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