We’re pleased to hear that Laing O’Rourke have been given the go ahead to start demolition work on the redevelopment of St James Centre in Edinburgh, which will cost in the region of £1bn.
Laing O’Rourke were initially appointed on a consultancy basis to advice on the pre-construction works, but have now been appointed as main contractor for the whole project.
This huge £1bn redevelopment project has been delayed for years due to political, legal and financial issues, but it’s great that work can now move forward on this landmark redevelopment.
Demolition of the existing 1970s building is set to take up to 18 months and will see it replaced with modern office space, retail space, multi screen cinema, 214 room hotel and a John Lewis, which is scheduled to be completed by 2021.
This is very exciting for both Laing O’Rourke and the city, as it will offer a large amount of job opportunities during and after construction of this huge project, as there are plans to open a training academy to further invest in skills in the area.
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