Go behind the scenes of Edinburgh St James, on the Open Door Tour

Join us on the Open Door Tour, where we take you to the site of Edinburgh St James with Kenny McNally of Allan Murray Architects (AMA) to give an overview of the development of this £850 million mixed use project, from it’s inception in 2006 to its opening in October 2020.

Now, with 12 months to go, we can show you how the Shops, Car Parking, Housing, Roomzzz Aparthotel, Everyman Cinema and 5-star W hotel are shaping up in one of Scotland’s most significant developments for many years.

The talk will follow:

  • The evolution of the design through close consultation with the Planning Department and the concept of the “block of marble” that formed the basis of the Outline Planning approval in 2008.
  • The appointment of Laing O’Rourke as Contractor and BDP as technical architects to develop the design through the construction stages and the shift in role for AMA to “guardian of the design” to ensure the original concept was maintained as the needs of Contractor, Suppliers, Agents and Tenants were thrown into the mix.
  • To conclude Kenny will explain how this process was controlled by the client’s team, both in terms of the contractual arrangements and keeping the Planning Department onside.

Available to attendees of BILT Europe as a FREE add-on taking place on Wednesday 9 October (the day prior to BILT), make sure you have selected this option during registration to attend! Hurry limited spots available!

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COVID-19 Update

20th May 2020

DBEI has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation around the world. While some parts of our society are beginning to open in baby-steps, none of us know how the situation will develop over the coming months. As such, DBEI has now made the decision to postpone all our 2020 events to 2021 as the well-being of all our partners and participants in our events remains our utmost priority. For new details on each region please visit our event pages. We have also sent communications to all registered attendees, speakers or sponsors for all of our 2020 events.

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