New Waverley Marks ‘Topping Out’ Of New UK Government Hub

The new UK Government hub planned for New Waverley here in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town has reached a significant milestone this week with the official ‘Topping Out’ of the office scheme set to be home to some 2,900 government workers.

The seven-level development, which comprises two interlinked office buildings providing almost 200,000 sq. ft. of ultra-modern Grade A office space, has now reached its highest point – an occasion marked by the UK Government and developers Artisan Real Estate Investors.

The UK Government announced last year that it will relocate 2,900 civil service jobs to the new regional hub by 2020 under the terms of a 25-year lease. This includes HMRC, which will operate one of its 13 regional centres from New Waverley.

This will be the UK Government’s cross-departmental flagship Hub in Scotland, which will function as the Scottish base of several government bodies, including the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland, the Office of the Advocate General, the Competition and Markets Authority, the Office for Statistics Regulation, the Government Actuary’s Department and HM Treasury. Staff from the Health and Safety Executive and the Information Commissioner’s Office will also be based here.

The new Government offices will offer the highest levels of sustainability and operational efficiency, and employees will benefit from a contemporary design with added staff amenities including a landscaped roof area providing sweeping views across the Waverley Valley.

You can view the official video on the ceremony HERE

   UK Government Hub

Speaking at the Topping Out ceremony, Neil Richardson, Commercial Director, Government Property Agency said: “This new flagship building is part of our radical upgrade of the Civil Service, and will support a diverse and creative workforce as they make a real difference to the lives of people living in Scotland.

“The hub will provide high quality, skilled jobs right in the heart of the city centre as well as contributing significantly to the local economy. Alongside significant savings for the taxpayer, the roll-out of Government Hubs will provide modern working environments across the whole of the UK enabling us to provide the best public services we can.”

Julie McHugh, Edinburgh Regional Implementation Lead, HMRC spokesperson added: “Locating HMRC to a new regional centre in Edinburgh in the New Waverley development is another step in HMRC’s transformation into a modern, digitally advanced tax authority. This unique city centre location will bring our teams together to promote closer working relationships as well as increasing our effectiveness in collecting taxes.”

The completion of the office hub will complete the cornerstone of New Waverley’s current development phase, which will see the high quality office space blend with restaurants, cafes and shops around the public plaza. Artisan’s £200 million, 7.5 acre mixed-use scheme seamlessly links Waverley Station with the city’s iconic Royal Mile, forming part of the Old Town’s UNESCO World Heritage site.

Welcoming the UK Government to New Waverley, Clive Wilding, Artisan’s project director, said: “Bringing the UK Government hub right into the historic heart of Edinburgh is a ringing endorsement for what we are building here – not just for New Waverley, but for the city of Edinburgh and for Scotland.

” It sends out an important message that our city centres have the interest, value and capacity to attract investment from the very best employers, setting an important precedent for Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland

“For New Waverley, it’s another significant step of our journey to restore life, vitality and energy to this very special part of Edinburgh’s historic city centre, and will be a natural fit for the exciting and vibrant mixed-use community we are creating here.

“People coming to work here will enjoy an unmatched working, leisure and living environment. On their doorstep will be one of Scotland’s major transport hubs as well as an eclectic mix of shops, hotels, cafes, bars, restaurants and homes in a location that reflects both the best of the city’s heritage and its future.

“They will find that New Waverley is a genuinely unique destination in which to work, live and enjoy time out. This is a transformational development of a UNESCO Heritage site, in one of the world’s most iconic yet delicate locations. It’s pioneering the future, whilst preserving the past, representing a blueprint for sensitive yet positive city-centre regeneration.”

Reaching the Topping Out stage of the office hub is also a significant milestone for New Waverley contractors, McAleer & Rushe, who are on target to complete the commercial phase by summer 2019.

Construction of the two interlinked office buildings totalling 230,000 sq. ft. brought its own particular challenges, including overcoming a 40 ft. gradient which runs from the Royal Mile down into the Waverley Valley. This means that both buildings are built into the side of the hill, with the ground floor access into the public plaza on one side becoming the building’s second level further down the slope.

The buildings have a significantly large concrete frame composed of 15,000 cubic metres of concrete, all of which was non pre-fabricated and poured on site. The facades of the completed buildings will be clad in the highest quality Stanton Moor buff sandstone to reflect the unique heritage and environment of their immediate surroundings.

You can view a time-lapse video of the development taking shape by clicking HERE

Shane McCullagh, contracts director from McAleer & Rushe added: “This strategically important landmark building provides a spectacular focal point and destination for the wider New Waverley development. It’s a challenging development to complete, especially considering its unique location at the heart of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage site, but one that is being delivered on time, on budget and with the highest safety standards.

“Now that we have ‘Topped Out’ the office buildings, the true mass, vision and scope of the entire New Waverley masterplan is now apparent, and it’s a fitting testament to our team on site and the whole development team that so much has been achieved in a relatively short timescale.

We are appreciative for this opportunity in the ongoing partnership with Artisan and very much look forward to handing over the completed offices to the UK Government in 2019.”

New Waverley’s office development was sold in October 2017 by Artisan to Legal & General, who secured the development on behalf of Legal & General Retirement which invests in high-quality long-term UK assets that generate income streams that match its commitments to pensioners.

The development has won three place-making awards in the last year – including best regeneration project for both the Scottish Property Awards and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The scheme’s architects are Allan Murray Architects

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Artisan Real Estate Investors Scoops Top Scottish Property Industry Award 2018

The developer behind New Waverley, Artisan Real Estate Investors, has secured its position as one of the leading players in the Scottish property industry by winning one of this year’s most high profile industry awards.

Artisan was awarded Property Company of the Year at the prestigious 2018 Scottish Property Awards, announced on Thursday the 3rd of May 2018.

Property Company of the Year Award Reflects “Growing Presence and Influence” Across Scotland

The award reflects Artisan’s stellar investment-based success across Scotland over the last year. This includes continued progress here at New Waverley, its flagship Edinburgh city-centre development.

Artisan is also taking on major regeneration projects in Glasgow such as the Custom House on the Clyde Waterfront and the Cotton House in the Merchant City.

Welcoming the award win, Artisan’s Chief Executive Jaco Jansen said: “This award recognise Artisan’s growing presence and influence across the Scottish property scene.

“We have forged a strong reputation with New Waverley over the last few years and I am especially pleased that Artisan is now being recognised for its wider investment across Scotland.

This includes other developments in Edinburgh and two significant regeneration projects in Glasgow which will come of age in 2018.”

Further Property Award Nominations

Artisan was also nominated at the awards for the Deal of the Year category, which recognised the landmark property deal agreed in July 2017.

This deal brings 2,900 HMRC jobs right to the heart of Edinburgh, with the lease of New Waverley’s 190,000 sq. ft. new office building to the Government Property Agency (GPA) – described at the time as the city’s largest office leasing deal for more than 20 years.

The Bigger Picture

Artisan brings together more than 30 years of experience in some of the UK’s most innovative and exciting Grade A office, retail, industrial, leisure and residential developments.

In that time, the international investment partnership has established an impressive development track record in sensitive city centre development, especially in complex mixed use sites.

In summary, Artisan’s pipeline of current development projects comprises 1.5 million square feet with a gross development value of almost £400 million.

During the last three years in particular, a significant chunk of that business has been activated in Scotland, as well as across the rest of the UK.

UK RICS Regeneration Award Won By New Waverley

New Waverley has won one of the UK property industry’s most prestigious national accolades. The £200 million regeneration scheme currently transforming the city’s Old Town was scooped this prestigious award for the UK’s best regeneration project at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) 2017 annual UK awards in London on Thursday November the 2nd.

New Waverley, being delivered by Artisan Real Estate Investors, has already won the regional RICS award for best regeneration project in Scotland earlier this year. This national award win recognises New Waverley’s current status as one of Europe’s most important city centre regeneration projects, taking place in the historic and highly sensitive World Heritage Site of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

The award was welcomed by Clive Wilding, New Waverley’s Project Director, who said: “We are all thrilled that New Waverley has won this major national accolade, fighting off stiff competition from major projects across the rest of the UK. We are especially pleased to be recognised by a widely-respected UK organisation that rewards excellence in design and architecture. For the last two years, we have worked hard to make New Waverley an integral part of Edinburgh’s Old Town, breathing new life back into a formerly neglected part of the city centre. This award shows that our efforts are now paying off and I am delighted that New Waverley’s considerable impact is being recognised on a national stage by our peers and public alike.”

So far, the first New Waverley development phases completed are two Whitbread hotels – the Hub by Premier Inn, a Premier Inn hotel which opened in January 2016, and The Arches, a row of 19 Victorian arches which have been transformed to create a new exciting leisure and retail district for the city.

In December 2016, the new 146-apartment Aparthotels Adagio on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile opened for business, overlooking a new football pitch-sized public square called Sibbald Walk.  Becoming the first significant public space to open in the city centre for more than 50 years. In July 2017, it was announced that some 2,900 UK civil servants will be located at New Waverley’s next phase office development as part of a new UK Government hub.

This is the fourth major award that New Waverley has won in 2017, having received top honours at this year’s Scottish Property Awards, Herald Awards and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards (Scotland).

New Waverley Wins Herald Property Award 2017

The New Waverley development has won one of Scottish property industry’s most prestigious accolades. Currently transforming the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, New Waverley scooped the top award for the Commercial Project of the Year at the 2017 Herald Property Awards for Scotland, held in Glasgow on Thursday the 21st of September.

The award recognised New Waverley’s successful development of the Adagio Aparthotel overlooking the Royal Mile and The Arches, a row of Victorian arches which has been transformed into a vibrant retail and leisure quarter for the city.

New Waverley is delivered by Artisan Real Estate Investors and the award win further recognises its current status as one of the UK’s most important city center regeneration projects, taking place in the historic and highly sensitive World Heritage Site of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Welcoming the award, Jaco Jansen from Artisan Real Estate Investors said: “We are all thrilled that New Waverley has won another major accolade.

“For the last two years, we have worked hard to make New Waverley an integral part of Edinburgh’s Old Town, breathing new life back into a formerly neglected part of the city centre. This award – highlighting our successful completion of both the Adagio Aparthotel and The Arches – shows that our efforts are now paying off and I am delighted that New Waverley’s considerable impact is being recognised on a national stage by our peers and public alike.”

In the last 12 months, New Waverley has become an established district within the city’s historic Old Town and has delivered a high profile ‘place-making’ campaign designed to create interest and excitement about the area. This has included launching the UK’s largest poem on the side of the new Adagio aparthotel building on the Royal Mile, as well as the area hosting food markets, light shows and art installations.

In July, it was announced that some 2,900 civil servants will be located at New Waverley’s next phase office development as part of a new UK Government hub.

This is the third major award that New Waverley has won in 2017, having scooped top honours at both this year’s Scottish Property Awards and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards.

Placemaking In The Heart of Edinburgh

The month of August saw the annual transformation of Edinburgh city into a heaving, wonderful mass of festival-led celebrations. And nowhere is this cultural feeding frenzy more keenly felt than in the deepest heart of its historic city centre.

Now one of Edinburgh’s most exciting new districts, New Waverley stretches from the Royal Mile down to Waverley Station. At its heart is a new public square, Sibbald Walk that sits just off the Royal Mile behind the new Adagio Aparthotel.

Along from Waverley station lie The Arches, a row of 19 renovated Victorian arches which now host an eclectic mix of shops, cafes, restaurants and curiosities.

This year, the new square hosted The Edinburgh Cocktail Festival, that brought together a myriad of pop-up cocktail bars, food stalls, live music and DJs.

This followed hot on the heels of the Heverlee Festival at The Arches which celebrated all things Belgian – including food, beer and electronic music.

The Arches have also witnessed Freestival, the Fringe’s largest free festival as well as many one-off events, street markets and art projects.

Terry Gilliam of Monty Python fame unveiled a 10-metre illuminated art work in celebration of St Valentine’s Day, and just around the corner, on the Royal Mile, we unveiled the UK’s largest poem to celebrate National Poetry Day.

New Waverley Terry Gilliam

What makes New Waverley special, especially now, is that just two years ago it was virtually a no-go area, right in the heart of the city. The Arches were boarded up and used for industrial storage by the council.

The roads and spaces now buzzing with The Arches and New Waverley’s three new hotels, or currently earmarked for new homes and offices, bore the remnants of the city’s old gas works and bus garage, which had remained for almost two decades as an ugly, unused development site.

The area during the Festival is brimming with visitors, the hotels are full and the cafes and restaurants are spilling out onto the pavements. In short, life in all its glory has returned to a part of the city which had been closed off for years.

Boosting the buzz further, last month, the UK Government announced that almost 3,000 civil servants will form a new office hub at New Waverley, meaning that this influx of new life and vibrancy is here to stay.

This is all part of a long-term plan by Artisan Real Estate Investors, the investment partnership driving New Waverley, to create a genuine sense of place for its city centre regeneration projects, building exciting, sustainable and vibrant locations in which to live, work and visit.

Anyone now witnessing the sheer exuberance and excitement of The Arches and the whole of New Waverley in general, would realise that this sensitive development mix is exactly what our city centres need if they want to continue to be attractive destinations work, visit and live.

The Edinburgh Cocktail Festival At New Waverley

As the 70th Edinburgh International Festival has now finished, we felt it was a good opportunity to reflect on our own festival experience. New Waverley welcomed the city’s first cocktail festival all curated and hosted by Scottish creative agency The Drink Cabinet, in collaboration with the Food + Flea Market, from the producers of The Pitt in Leith.

The Edinburgh Cocktail Festival invited consumers to the brand public square here at New Waverley called Sibbald Walk, in the heart of the Old Town, just off the Royal Mile. The event featured a unique cocktail hub teeming with buzzing bars, experiential events, masterclasses, live music performances and evening events showcasing emerging DJs and artists. Ketel One Vodka’s Bloody Mary Kitchen and Tanqueray Gin’s Forest were just a couple of the many innovative experiential experiences consumers got to enjoy throughout the festival month.

Lauren Stewart and Andy Gemmell – founders and directors of The Drink Cabinet UK – share a wealth of industry experience. The agency specialises in drinks marketing and Lauren said: “Myself, Andy and the team were really excited to bring the first ever cocktail festival to Edinburgh. The Festival brings so many visitors from so many countries and cultures, and our aim was to get everyone together in one place to enjoy some Scottish hospitality and incredible drinks in an incredible new space.”

Hal Prescott and Scotty Kirkham, the brains behind The Pitt in Leith, and the Food + Flea Market; also located here at New Waverley, provided fresh street food to accompany the cocktails throughout the month. Scotty stated: “It’s brilliant being part of a group of independent businesses, keen to breathe life back into a once neglected, but now rejuvenated, part of town.”

Charlotte Swanson from New Waverley said “New Waverley is fast becoming a thriving and exciting new urban quarter and we are delighted to support young entrepreneurs such as Lauren and Hal, in their endeavors of creative consumer experiences and supporting emerging talents. We have already attracted some great national and local businesses here and it was truly exciting to have had the festival spirit right on our doorstep during the month of August.”

To see what it was all about please visit: www.edinburghcocktailfest.com or find the event through these channels:

Facebook: Edinburgh Cocktail Festival
Twitter: @edfestcocktails
Instagram: @edfestcocktails
Hashtags: #ECF17 #EdCocktailFest

New Waverley Nominated For 2017 National Property Award

New Waverley has been shortlisted for both the prestigious Regeneration and Commercial best project categories of the 2017 Herald Property Awards for Scotland, which will be held in Glasgow in September.

The Herald Awards recognise the best Scottish development in property, land, construction and the environment. The event provides a high profile opportunity for property developers, surveyors, planners,engineers and architects to showcase their talent.

New Waverley is being delivered by Artisan Real Estate Investors and the award nomination recognises its current status as one of the UK’s most important city-centre regeneration sites, taking place in the historic and highly sensitive World Heritage Site of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Welcoming the award nomination, Clive Wilding, New Waverley’s Project Director said: “We are all delighted that New Waverley has made this prestigious shortlist. “For the last two years, we have worked hard to make New Waverley be an integral part of Edinburgh’s Old Town, breathing new life back to a formerly neglected part of the city centre. This award nomination shows that our efforts are now paying off and I am delighted that New Waverley’s considerable impact is being recognised on a national stage by our peers and public alike.”

In the last 12 months, New Waverley has become an established district within the city’s historic Old Town and has delivered a high profile ‘place-making’ campaign designed to create interest and excitement about the area. This has included launching the UK’s largest poem on the side of the new Adagio aparthotel building on the Royal Mile, as well as the area hosting food markets, light shows and art installations.

Completed so far as part of the first New Waverley development phase are two Whitbread hotels – a Premier Inn and a Hub by Premier Inn – which opened in January 2016, and The Arches, a row of 19 Victorian arches which have been transformed to create an exciting new leisure and retail district for the city.

In December last year the new 146-apartment Aparthotels Adagio overlooking Edinburgh’s Royal Mile opened for business overlooking a new football pitch-sized public square becoming the first significant public space to open in the city centre for more than 50 years.

In July, it was announced that some 2,900 civil servants will be located at New Waverley’s next phase office development as part of a new UK Government hub.

For further information on the property awards please visit HERE