The Arches at Edinburgh’s New Waverley Wins Top Property Award

We are excited to announce that The Arches has been awarded the Commercial Project of the Year title in the coveted Herald Property Awards for Scotland, held in Glasgow on Thursday the 22nd of September.

Regarded as the blue-riband accolade of the night’s awards – This prestigious award recognises the huge progress The Arches on East Market Street has made in 2016, transforming a formerly neglected part of Edinburgh into a vibrant leisure and commercial quarter in the heart of the Old Town. The judges were “incredibly impressed” with The Arches, describing it as “a stand-out entry in a hugely competitive category.”

Clive Wilding, New Waverley’s Project Director added: “The Arches has been an amazing success for New Waverley this year, both in the quality of its design and in the quality of its tenants. We have seen the area transformed from a quiet back street into a buzzing, exciting place to visit, offering something completely different to other city centre locations. “We are truly delighted that The Arches is now recognised by our industry peers as Scotland’s top commercial project. The Arches provide a high profile gateway for the rest of the New Waverley development which is now progressing on all fronts.”

The project was delivered in partnership with Edinburgh-based Staran Architects, Union Projects and Horizon M&E Services Design Ltd.

A row of 19 newly renovated, spectacular C-listed brickwork arches, The Arches were originally constructed in 1875 to create double-height openings beneath the city’s Jeffrey Street. Now Artisan Real Estate Investors, the developers behind New Waverley, has brought the historic arches back to life, bringing together an eclectic community of independent retailers, cafes and restaurants to provide a refreshing contrast to typical high street environments.

Currently, 15 of the 19 arches are occupied, with tenants including Vino, Tempo Tea Bar, Gannet & Guga,Chop House, Juice Warrior, Lauren Gollan Academy of Make-Up Artistry, Elk and Wolf, Baba Budan, Mudo Art and 6 Yard Box. Opening very soon is the boutique Atticus.

The Arches Welcomes Chop House

Chop House has become our latest addition to The Arches – the thriving new leisure and retail quarter housed in a row of Victorian arches on East Market Street in the heart of the city’s Old Town.

Now open, Chop House Market Street is building on the contemporary bar and butchery concept that made the original restaurant in Leith one of the city’s most talked-about destinations. Set within a stunning C-listed brickwork arch in the heart of the Old Town, just 2 minutes from Waverley Railway Station, the restaurant has a focus on ‘best of British’ steak and innovative cocktails.

Offering a 60-cover restaurant, Chophouse is positioned in one of the largest arches. The space offers a large bar area over two floors with a breath-taking view of the city towards Calton Hill. Award-winning design agency Four-by-Two has created a cutting-edge interior and the lower level is home to a cocktail bar and intimate booth seating while upstairs hosts a stunning restaurant and kitchen, complete with an open-flame charcoal grill.

Launched by The Compass Group, the group also operates Edinburgh venues Monteiths, Sygn and The West Room.

The Waverley Arches are a row of 19 newly renovated Victorian arches on East Market Street, Edinburgh – part of the £150 million New Waverley development currently transforming the heart of the Old Town.

Chop House joins a host of other tenants who opened at The Arches in 2016. These include Gannet & Guga, Vino, Elk and Wolf, Lauren Gollan Academy of Make-Up Artistry, Juice Warrior, Baba Budan, Mudo Art, Tempo Tea Bar and 6 Yard Box.

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Unique Fashion and Technology Event At The Arches

State-of-the-art technology and high-end fashion came together this past weekend when The Arches hosted a series of events celebrating film, make-up, fashion and art.

Scottish fashion label Saunt and Sinner teamed up with celebrity make-up artist Lauren Gollan and film-maker Vincent Wolf to host a range of events – including make-up workshops, pop-up shops, virtual reality shows, film and artworks.

A pop-up shop launching Saunt and Sinner’s new Flux and Duality collections was set up in Arch 3, while the Lauren Gollan Academy hosted a make-up open day in Arch 11.Throughout the weekend, films and virtual reality TV allowed viewers to get a completely different perspective on both collections.

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New Waverley Nominated For Property Award

We are proud to announce our nomination as a finalist at The Herald Property Awards for Scotland.
It has been a whirlwind two years since New Waverley went under construction with work progressing at a pace.

We are delighted with the first stage, The Arches project, which opened to the public in December 2015.
The Arches are filled with new artisan shopping, eating & drinking experiences with The Chophouse being the latest to open its doors.

The Premier Inn and hub hotels opened in March 2016 and we look forward to the Adagio hotel opening
mid December this year. With work getting underway on the Canongate Venture building on The Royal Mile plus
the Apple Aparthotel set to open next May 2017, the future is looking bright for the whole development.