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tHe Haymarket site works will recommence on 9th January following the scheduled festive break


Extensive ground-levelling will start at tHe Haymarket Edinburgh's £200m development as it enters the next construction phase. We wish everyone all the best for the holiday Season.




 

tHe Haymarket & Dalry Colonies collaborate on creative hoardings


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tHe Haymarket development, an Interserve and Tiger Developments project, has joined forces with Dalry Colonies Residents’ Association to create a visual depiction of life past and present in the Dalry Colonies.

Following an extensive creative collaboration process tHe Haymarket and Dalry Colonies have produced hoarding boards that not only reflect the rich heritage of the area but also show how tHe Haymarket is transforming the urban landscape to create an iconic office, leisure and civic space.

The hoardings feature a design that incorporates both the old and new of the area and includes historical and social history facts amongst direct quotes from residents and plant pots which will be used by residents to plant herbs and flowers.

A community notice board has also been included in the design, a suggestion made at the community workshop held between tHe Haymarket and Dalry Colonies Residents, to allow the local community and tHe Haymarket development team to share updates and news.

Commenting on the collaboration and the new site hoardings, David Westwater from tHe Haymarket said: “The newly installed hoardings represent the history of the colonies, from their inception due to the need of affordable housing to becoming part of the growing community of Haymarket.

“We have been hugely impressed with the proactive way in which the Dalry Colonies Residents’ Association have engaged with the development team through this process and we are more than happy with the final outcome – both the support from the residents and the brilliantly designed hoardings.”

Barbie Lyon, Dalry Colonies Residents’ Association added: “The Dalry Colonies are nearly 150 years old and the area, including the old Haymarket Goods Yard, has a rich heritage. As residents, we enjoy keeping the social history of the area alive. It was very enjoyable to work with tHe Haymarket team to create something visually different and informative for the hoardings. We are keen to continue to work with tHe Haymarket team as the project continues to develop, creating a new era for the area.”





 

Edinburgh in space race as office stock levels plummet


Property Week
27 November 2015 | By Rhiannon Bury

Edinburgh’s office market is having a bumper year as Scotland’s capital benefits from occupiers who are increasingly looking outside of London to house their staff.

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Tiger and Interserve’s Haymarket Edinburgh redevelopment

There is certainly a lot to recommend the city to companies who are thinking of moving there. Headline rents in Edinburgh are at £32/sq ft according to the latest figures - that is on a par with Manchester and significantly lower than London.

The appeal of the city has led to some high-profile relocations in the last year, particularly from occupiers in the technology sector. However, this has left office stock at seriously low levels. So what happens when the space runs out? How quickly can developers finish buildings? And what are occupiers’ options in the next two years while the market catches up with demand?

According to Cushman & Wakefield, vacant office space in Edinburgh in the third quarter of this year stood at 906,223 sq ft, while take-up was 154,441 sq ft. At current levels of demand, there is only around 18 months’ worth of stock left.

The focus therefore is on the clutch of major schemes currently coming forward. The Quartermile 4 building is now completely pre-let, after a deal with US semiconductor company Cirrus Logic.

The success of building 4 means Moorfield, which owns the Foster + Partners-designed Quartermile scheme, can now press ahead with the speculative development of Quartermile 3, and initial work is already under way.

Quartermile’s managing director Paul Curran is understandably pleased with the level of demand that the development has seen since it began. “When good stock is being built it is going very quickly,” he says, adding that the deals done in the Quartermile 4 building have enabled the company to begin Quartermile 3 more quickly. “What we’ve done is bring forward the buildings to hit the market and develop them on a speculative basis,” he says.

Elsewhere, work on Tiger Developments’ and Interserve’s redevelopment of Haymarket continues apace, with the 90,000 sq ft Haymarket 5 office building looking for a pre-let. Artisan Real Estate Investors is developing 160,000 sq ft of office space at New Waverley, and the Chris Stewart Group is transforming the former Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters in St Andrew Square for a new office.

Meanwhile, Hermes Real Estate earlier this year submitted a detailed planning application on a city-centre site in the Exchange, which includes the redundant Skypark building, land owned by the Sheraton hotel and a car park. There is also a smaller development on Semple Street, also in the Exchange, which will provide 35,000 sq ft of office space.

The selling points for many of these schemes are their accessibility, explains Nadir Khan-Juhoor, director in BNP Paribas Real Estate’s Edinburgh agency team.”Most of the professional services occupiers that are in the market have been looking at key buildings near the transport hubs,” he says.

“The problem is timing - Hermes’ Capital Square scheme won’t be finished before mid-2018, while Semple Street won’t be done until mid-2017. The challenge at the moment is the timing, but the next building available could yield some really good results.”

Of the buildings available, there are only a few that can fulfil the bigger requirements in the market, such as Edinburgh council’s Atria building on Morrison Street. “Atria is the only option for requirements of more than 30,000 sq ft - there are an unprecedented number of large-space occupiers in the market looking for more than that,” says Ben Reed, director in JLL’s Edinburgh office. Khan-Juhoor agrees: “Atria will still attract interest from occupiers because it’s still available - and it’s the next best thing to a new building in the city,” he says.

Rise of refurbs
So where else could occupiers look? Simon Capaldi from Knight Frank says his team is advising occupiers to look at refurbishing older buildings, rather than trying to take new space. He says there is the potential to build 1m sq ft of new-build offices in the city, but only 300,000 sq ft are on the ground now, and 150,000 sq ft of that is already pre-let.

“The core city centre is in high demand - it’s what we do with that demand at the moment,” he says. “We’re advising clients to look at existing stock and do refurbishments to a very high standard.

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FanDuel is relocating its UK head office to the Quartermile 4 building

“This is why places such as Edinburgh Park have done well - with what’s happening in the city centre people are starting to look out to the periphery for some of the larger requirements in the market.”

He says this has had an effect on the secondary market, with Grade-B rents in the city centre for refurbished space rising in the last 18 months. “It’s gone from £18/sq ft to £22.50/sq ft. We were seeing deals with rent-free periods of between 12 and 18 months, but now it’s more like five months in the city centre,” he says.

Cameron Stott from JLL points to 40 Torphichen Street as an example of a building that has done well out of the squeeze on supply. “It’s one of the few buildings that’s been refurbished and brought to the market,” he says.

Further afield, Glasgow is experiencing similar issues. Audrey Dobson, a senior director in CBRE’s Glasgow office, says the buildings that have completed this year - including Abstract’s St Vincent Plaza - have been well received and are letting well. “We are getting to a situation where these buildings will be largely taken out so there’s no room for someone coming to the city and looking for 50,000 sq ft, for example,” she says.

“The supply of grade-B space in the city at the moment is about 1.2m sq ft, but a lot of that is fundamentally obsolete and of very mixed quality, so it’s not really a true reflection of the market.

“We’re competing with other regional cities and we’re running out of space. The problem is we have no sites started and no one has committed yet.” The challenge for agents is staying one step ahead of the game and identifying where the next wave of demand will come from. Traditionally a hub for financial and professional services firms, Edinburgh has in recent years become popular with tech companies looking to make the most of relatively low rents and a ready talent pool from the university.

“The occupational market is always steady but every year we get a decent requirement from left field,” says Stewart Taylor, a senior director in CBRE’s Edinburgh team.

“You can look at expiries and breaks and you can make a rough judgment about who may or may not move but the tech sector has had a good run. Edinburgh is popular from their point of view in terms of recruiting staff and being somewhere they want to be.”

There have been a couple of big deals in the last few months that have reinforced this: Edinburgh-based fantasy sports company FanDuel agreed to relocate its UK head office to 58,500 sq ft of space in the Quartermile 4 building, joining the likes of Skyscanner in the development.

So what are the options for occupiers who are facing a lease expiry soon? Stott says they need to start looking at the medium-term development pipeline. “There’s a very healthy demand over the next two to three years - occupiers now are having to enter into discussion for the next wave of development, and look at pre-letting activity.

“We’ve got clients who have buildings with expiries in 2017 and we’re already getting enquiries from people wanting that space.”

Getting in early
Chris Dougray from agency Dougray Smith agrees but says the shortage of office space extends to the city’s fundamental make-up, rather than just developers being slow off the mark. “In simple terms there is a highly restricted land supply in urban areas and consequently there is a strategic foresight piece of work needing undertaken to consider where the new office development will take place over the next 20 years,” he says.”Numerous occupiers with lease events until, say, 2020 are having to give serious consideration to securing their new office accommodation now. The availability of new space is highly unlikely to improve in the near term.”

But the supply-demand dynamics have yet to convert into a rush of investors and hardening yields. “We’ve got a brilliant occupational market that has all the potential for rent growth, and yet we have a quite reticent investment market,” says Alasdair Steele, head of Knight Frank’s Edinburgh office. “The appetite doesn’t seem to be there for the bigger stuff. The overwhelming message from us is that Edinburgh looks like quite good value at the moment.”

Edinburgh’s situation currently favours the development market - if you can get a building right and it is in a good location, then you stand to do well.

The challenge for Edinburgh’s developers now is gaining consent for the schemes and have them out of the ground in time to make the most of this purple patch. And for occupiers, it is about thinking creatively about where they can look next.




 

The Haymarket get involved in St Mary’s Cathedral restoration


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tHe Haymarket development is working in partnership with St Mary’s Cathedral to upgrade the Cathedral grounds.

As a World Heritage Site in the centre of Edinburgh, the restoration project at St Mary’s Cathedral is an ongoing process. tHe Haymarket Development team have been heavily involved in ground leveling work and removing derelict concrete, to enable natural stone paving to be laid.

Speaking about the help from tHe Haymarket, St Mary’s Cathedral Provost The Very Revd Dr Graham Forbes CBE said: “The works carried out by tHe Haymarket Development will enable safe access for all to the Walpole Hall and the Medical Centre, in particular those requiring disabled access.

“Working in partnership with tHe Haymarket Development team has meant that additional works to those originally envisaged have been carried out, and the Cathedral is indebted to them for their co-operation.”

David Westwater, Development Director, said of the project: “We have always been keen to get involved in the local community and when St Mary’s Cathedral were needing help with restoration works we jumped at the chance to lend a hand.”




 

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Modern office working meets lifestyle


7th September 2015

Welcome to the modern working world where the high flying business professionals clock up their aerobic workout hours by cycling or running to work, shower on arrival, change from lycra to business suit all before grabbing a skinny latte and starting their working day.

It may sound exhausting just reading it, but this is what today’s modern and highly-motivated business professional expects from their employers.

Worker retention is a key driver, particularly in the competitive corporate environment and an inspiring office environment, with added-value facilities, is an important factor in attracting and retaining a skilled workforce.

According to a recent RICS research study, 80% of employees stated that their workplace impacts their wish to stay in their jobs, and 88% said that it had an effect on their job satisfaction.

Top professional firms across the financial, legal and accountancy sectors are increasingly following the trend from the fast-growing technology industry leaders for much more flexible, open-plan, health and wellbeing-focused office fit-outs in lifestyle friendly office locations.

So, what impact is this having on office development planning and designing for today’s occupier?

Cameron Stott, Director – Office Agency, JLL explained, “Staff retention today is a primary focus when it comes to location and fit-out. Occupiers, especially the large corporate organisations, are looking for a central location, with easy to access by both public and private transport maximising both productivity and lifestyle for its employees.

With ample local amenities and proximity to the West End and Princes Street, tHe Haymarket in Edinburgh is a prime example of grade A office space located next to the capital’s second busiest rail station, bus and tram services. The scheme has been designed with lifestyle and wellbeing at its very heart - cycle racks, shower facilities and strong competition amongst gym operators to sign up.” With the first landmark office building H5 now starting above ground for delivery in summer 2017, the financial, business professional and technology sector interest is building. On a financial level, office space that offers flexible floor plates with a minimum number of columns allowing for maximum fit-out, according to Cameron Stott, this is what today’s modern business occupier wants.

“Before the economic downturn, office occupiers would generally work to a ratio of one employee per 12 sq.m. Now with more pressure to sweat the figures and today’s financially tougher climate, this has shifted to around 1 : 8 sq.m. What employers are also looking for is flexible break-out space with meeting rooms, cafes and other team rooms for collaborative work on a larger scale.”

John Donnelly, Chief Executive of Marketing Edinburgh who is working to promote the city’s strength as an inspiring place to live and work, echoes this. “Generation Y – those born in the 1980s and 1990s – are the fastest-growing segment of our nation’s workforce and one which today’s businesses ignore at their peril. Developers of tHe Haymarket, one of the largest commercial projects to come online in the last 10 years, will play a key part in shaping Edinburgh’s new corporate culture. Essentially, Generation Y are not slaves to their jobs – they demand a certain level of work/life balance and are willing to trade high pay for a more appealing work environment.”

David Westwater, Development Director for tHe Haymarket concluded: “Today’s workplace diversity has created demand for flexible and high-performance spaces. It is well-documented that Edinburgh is lacking Grade A commercial accommodation and businesses are faced with the challenge of accommodating the needs of a demanding work force through flexible spaces that users can customise according to their needs, both for now and for the future.”

And what does this look like? Consider war rooms, incubator spaces, innovation labs and high-performance areas.

For further press information contact Judith O’Leary at O’Leary PR on 01383 432608 judith@olearypr.co.uk




 

tHe Haymarket & Dairy Colonies create sense of place


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31st July 2015

tHe Haymarket development has joined forces with Dalry Colonies Residents’ Association to create a visual depiction of life past and present in the Dalry colonies.

Dating back to the late 1860s, the Dalry Colonies have a rich heritage that has developed through the decades. Now with nearing completion of underground work on the tunnels beneath tHe Haymarket site, the development team were keen to consider ways in which the high profile office, hotel and retail development can support the work of the Dalry Colonies Residents’ Association.

First on the agenda is the development of a visual representation of Haymarket life on the hoardings surrounding the development site and facing the Colonies.

A meeting, facilitated by Here + Now, was held with residents in which themes including social history, architecture and design and living were explored. It is hoped that a new hoarding, which provides a snapshot of life in the Colonies, will be in place in early autumn.

Commenting on the initiative, Barbie Lyon, Dalry Colonies Residents’ Association said: “The Colonies has always been a progressive and inclusive place to live and we are looking forward to working with our new neighbours to explore how we can benefit from the development which will change the landscape of the area. It was a very enjoyable meeting which uncovered a number of hidden gems about the Colonies.”

David Westwater from tHe Haymarket added: “Similar to the design of these homes, the values of good design and connectivity are at the heart of tHe Haymarket development. We have been hugely impressed with the proactive way in which the Dalry Colonies Residents’ Association have engaged with the development team and we are confident that with some creative thinking we can create a lasting legacy from which the whole Haymarket area will benefit.”

Notes to editors
Dalry Colonies Residents’ Association
The Dalry Colonies Residents' Association (DCRA) is a voluntary group that works to represent the best interests of the Dalry Colonies and its residents.

The main aims of the Association are to improve the environment of the Dalry Colonies and vicinity for the benefit of its residents, and to organize events and activities for the benefit and support of the Dalry Colonies as a community.

tHe Haymarket
The Haymarket site is one of Edinburgh city centre’s last remaining major gap sites, part of The Edinburgh 12 initiative introduced by the City of Edinburgh Council in 2013 to help progress strategically important gap sites across Edinburgh’s city centre.

Detailed planning approval was granted in March 2011 following an extensive consultation programme with the local community with the scheme gaining backing from the city’s business leaders as well as praise by planners for the high quality of its architectural design.

When complete, tHe Haymarket will include three contemporary office buildings offering around 340,000 sq. ft. of space designed to meet the fast-growing demand in Edinburgh for high-quality city centre space capable of accommodating large-scale occupiers on single floors. There will also be a mix of retail, food and leisure including bars, cafes and restaurants. In total, tHe Haymarket has full planning consent for 404,000 sq. ft. of office accommodation and 60,000 sq. ft. of commercial and leisure space, together with a 165-bedroom hotel and a 320-space underground car park.

The plans highlight the open and accessible public space, creating a mix of continental style boulevards and pedestrian-friendly public areas. The scheme has been designed to create an easily accessible ‘walk-through’ layout from different directions, emphasizing its strategically important location, connecting the city centre to the capital’s second busiest railway station and new tram network - as well as to Edinburgh International Airport. Architects for the scheme are Richard Murphy Architects & CDA Architects.




 

Breaking ground - tHe Haymarket enters phase two of the construction programme


5 June 2015

tHe Haymarket, a £200 million joint venture development in Edinburgh between Interserve and Tiger Developments, is approaching its first significant milestone - the successful completion of phase one of the preconstruction enabling works.

Taking nearly two years of painstaking work, the strengthening of the two Network Rail tunnels underneath the site, took over 30,000 man-hours to complete before any above groundwork can begin.

The reinforcement of the North and South tunnels, which carry all East-West traffic from Edinburgh to Glasgow and beyond, was further compounded by the necessity that work was carried out at night to avoid any disruption to train services.

The complexity of the underground phase was unprecedented: the requirement to strengthen the Victorian tunnels, which transport around 850 trains every single day, involved the installation of 4000 stainless steel masonry stitch bars placed with pin-point precision. In addition, some 350,000 litres of cement grout was injected into the tunnel linings through nearly 5000 holes cored into the Victorian brick linings.

According to Tim Shepherd, Senior Project Manager with Interserve, it was an ambitious phase in the development that tested the technical nous of the project team.

Tim explained: “The engineering and logistical challenges were immense, with the impact of working on the Victorian tunnels in the dead of night where access was severely limited. Working on a live site which connects the capital with the rest of the UK has been extremely demanding but we have worked closely with Network Rail to ensure no disruption to rail services.”Now almost complete, above groundwork for the prominent H5 office building, Q-Park and StayCity apart-hotel element will commence, on schedule, in summer 2015 with progress on the first buildings, designed and delivered jointly by award winning Richard Murphy Architects and CDA Architects, completed by mid 2017.

Interserve Director, David Westwater said: “The demand for a development of this size and calibre is so intense that the challenge is managing market expectations. Strengthening the tunnels has been a demanding and meticulous task that’s taken time, however we now have a robust foundation on which we can progress development of the site.”

tHe Haymarket is one of Edinburgh’s largest commercial schemes to come online in the last 10 years. It will comprise 320,000 sq ft of office, 54,000 sq ft of retail & leisure, 350 hotel / apart-hotel rooms and a 300 underground car park. It is considered to be the best-connected business district in the Capital situated opposite the busy Haymarket train station as well the Haymarket Tram stop providing excellent access to Edinburgh Airport in only 20 minutes.

Cllr Frank Ross, Convener of the Economy Committee, said: “It is really encouraging to see work progressing on this key 'Edinburgh 12' development site. tHe Haymarket Edinburgh will support around 300 jobs during construction and is anticipated to create around 3,500 jobs upon completion.”

Graham Haydon-White, Development Director, Tiger Developments added: “As one of the UK’s most significant schemes outside London with excellent access to train, bus and tram networks, the benefits of this landmark development to potential occupiers are unparalleled. The appeal of Edinburgh as a UK head office location is unquestioned; prominently positioned with Grade A office specification and flexible floor plates, tHe Haymarket will provide global companies with a high profile office space designed to their exacting requirements. This is good news for Edinburgh and for Scotland.” Tenants already signed up for tHe Haymarket’s initial development phase include Q Park, Tesco and serviced apartments provider Staycity. Food chains Prezzo and Pret A Manger have committed to the second development phase and advanced discussions are currently taking place with other occupiers for a further 70,000 sq. ft. of retail and office space.

For further press information contact Judith O’Leary or Sue Hean at O’Leary PR on 0131 526 3190.

About The Haymarket Scheme
The Haymarket site is one of Edinburgh city centre’s last remaining major gap sites, part of The Edinburgh 12 initiative introduced by the City of Edinburgh Council in 2013 to help progress strategically important gap sites across Edinburgh’s city centre.

Detailed planning approval was granted in March 2011 following an extensive consultation programme with the local community with the scheme gaining backing from the city’s business leaders as well as praise by planners for the high quality of its architectural design.

When complete, tHe Haymarket will include three contemporary office buildings offering around 320,000 sq. ft. of space designed to meet the fastgrowing demand in Edinburgh for high-quality city centre space capable of accommodating large-scale occupiers on single floors. There will also be a mix of retail, food and leisure including bars, cafes and restaurants. In total, tHe Haymarket has full planning consent for 404,000 sq. ft. of office accommodation and 60,000 sq. ft. of commercial and leisure space, together with a 165-bedroom hotel and a 320-space underground car park. The plans highlight the open and accessible public space, creating a mix of continental style boulevards and pedestrian-friendly public areas. The scheme has been designed to create an easily accessible ‘walk-through’ layout from different directions, emphasizing its strategically important location, connecting the city centre to the capital’s second busiest railway station and new tram network - as well as to Edinburgh International Airport. Architects for the scheme are Richard Murphy Architects & CDA Architects.

Office Agents appointed: JLL, DS Dougray Smith and WYM Real Estate.
Retail Agents appointed: Eric Young & Co.

About Interserve
Interserve is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies. Our vision is to redefine the future for people and places. Everything we do is shaped by our core values. We are a successful, growing, international business: a leader in innovative and sustainable outcomes for our clients and a great place to work for our people. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and frontline public services. We are headquartered in the UK and listed in the FTSE 250 index. We have gross revenues of £3.4 billion and a workforce of circa 80,000 people worldwide. Website: www.interserve.com. For all news follow: @interservenews

About Tiger Developments
Tiger Developments has established itself as a highly successful and
reputable property investment and development company both in the UK and continental Europe. Tiger works to increase the value of its property portfolio through refurbishments, lettings, rent reviews and renewals, rationalisation, development and sales and is committed to seeking out investment and development opportunities in all sectors of the property market. Tiger has concluded over £1 billion of transactions in the UK and over €200 million in mainland Europe. www.tigerdevelopments.com

About O’Leary PR
O’Leary PR is a multi-disciplinary communications consultancy with offices in Edinburgh and Dunfermline. Launched in 2000, the agency represents some of the UK’s most successful businesses across retail, agriculture, food & drink, travel and tourism sectors.

For more information, please visit www.olearypr.co.uk or follow us on Twitter at @olearypr.




 

Haymarket on track to full capacity


19 May 2015

Haymarket in Edinburgh is having something of a resurgence in commercial property terms, with a major redevelopment of its stations and surrounding 4 acres, building and refurbishment of existing properties and an increasing interest in the area.

It is a bit of a turnaround in the areas fortunes. While Haymarket has always been a popular area for business and their staff because of the ease commuting because of the station, over the last few years the area has suffered disproportionately compared to other city locations.

As well as the downturn in global property markets, a lack of confidence to bring forward new projects and a fall in demand for space from cash strapped businesses – factors which have depressed the whole commercial property market – Haymarket has had to contend with the Edinburgh train project for what seemed to many who lived through it, far too long.

But its fortunes are now on the up. Neil Gordon of Eric Young who has just let the final vacant floor space at Citypoint at 65 Haymarket Terrace on behalf of Rockspring Property Investment says: “There is definitely a renaissance going on as the whole area and its amenities improve.

“The redevelopment of Haymarket station, getting the trams up and running, and the new hotels, restaurants and shops opening up all around have made a huge difference, but its improvement is ongoing.

“I think there is still an opportunity to get in early for companies who want to relocated here.”

Cameron Stott of JLL agrees “It has been exactly a year since the trams launched and we certainly notice a rise in demand.

“But it is not surprising; two years ago your couldn’t drive through the area and there was a huge amount of noise and disruption, but as the project came close to completion we saw a rise in interest.”

He says there are three factors in the bumpy ride the market has experienced in the area. Firstly there was so disruptive, with staff sometimes having difficulty walking to their offices through the roadworks.

‘There is definitely a renaissance going on as the whole amenities improve”

“You can understand that if a company’s lease was up during this time, a few certainly just couldn’t wait to get away and moved elsewhere.”

He says that the emerging redevelopment of the area started to change minds. The Edinburgh Haymarket Development Scheme of the 4 acre site next to Haymarket station into a commercial hub by Interserve and Tiger Developments.

Stott says: “Once you could see the quality emerging in the public spaces, I think people minded to move out decided to stay.”

The final factor, according to Stott, is a more national or perhaps international trend- the drive to help staff travel which in turn improves productivity.

“You see it all over the country – in Birmingham or Manchester, locations that are easy to commute to are attracting the bulk of investment and development.”

It is much more convenient for staff but also we’ve conducted studies about the amount of travel time involved and its effects on productivity.

“For example if staff have to be in Glasgow regularly, travelling from Edinburgh, that time can be counted in chargeable hours and having an office two minutes from the Haymarket station saves a lot of time compared to, for instance an office on George Street. It has a major impact on productivity.”

He says that the renaissance of Haymarket after a difficult few years is now attracting a wide range of companies who want to move in.

“We are getting inquiries about Haymarket from a wide range of companies – small startups to major corporations. But, for now, the existing commercial space is pretty much at capacity.”

The Scotsman




 

The countdown is on for 175th Royal Highland Show

 

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22 April 2015

The Royal Highland Show, one of Scotland’s most iconic and enduring annual events, is putting the finishing touches to its 175th·Show, which runs from 18 -21 June 2015 at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh.

Billed as the biggest and best celebration of farming, food and rural life, the ‘Royal Highland' is one of Europe’s most impressive rural shop windows, showcasing handpicked livestock, the finest food & drink and rural living at its most vibrant.

The Royal Bank of Scotland, partners of the Show since 1981, maintain their support for the four-day event, which attracted in excess of 178,000 people in 2014.

Scotland's Larder Live!
This year sees the launch of Scotland's Larder Live! at the Royal Highland Show. Showcasing the diverse range of quality Scottish farmed produce it will be a live, experiential food show, promoting and celebrating our Scottish food provenance, regionality and seasonality.

The event will relaunch food at the Highland, build interactivity and visitor engagement and bring to life the consumer message that ‘farming equals food'. Scotland's Larder Live! will be lively, informative and interactive, full of the smells, sights and tastes of Scotland. The Cookery Theatre will have a theatrical element, with chefs being challenged to whip up a dish against the clock. Tastings and talks will feature some of our finest producers and plenty of audience engagement and participation. Follow the clues around the event and enter the Scotland's Larder Live! competition to win a selection of goodies from some of Scotland's top producers.

2015 will be the second year of the Show's industry leading Food Charter, an initiative that sees on-site caterers and the show's other food partners use, where possible, only ingredients that are locally produced and ethically sourced. Only a small number of companies from 2014 have not make the grade, demonstrating the show already serves to showgoers a huge number of responsibly sourced Scottish produce.

A focus on the Stirling Area
Until moving to its permanent home at Ingliston in 1960, the Royal Highland Show moved around the country and it was the responsibility of a Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland's region to organise that year's Show. If that approach had continued then the Stirling area, stretching from the Forth Valley across to the Trossachs, would have been this year's hosts. The Royal Highland was last held in Stirling's town Alloa in 1953. So each year, to commemorate this heritage, a "President's Initiative" is organised by the nominated region.

The 2015 President's Initiative is focusing on communications, engaging with the UK's largest communications businesses to highlight the isolation experienced by rural communities with poor telecommunications and limited or no access to high speed broadband. The Presidential team - comprising The Rt Hon Lord Forsyth, Carol Graham, Ian MacMillan, Robin Tough and Mohsin Altajir - will be working hard to create an influential campaign that will make a positive, sustainable impact on rural living.

RHASS president for 2015, Lord Forsyth, is already looking forward to the events: "In the 18th century the Highland Society fought for roads and bridges to revive rural Scotland. Today's communication challenge is digital and access to fast broadband and reliable mobile coverage is vital to the future prosperity of our countryside. I am immensely proud to have been elected President, in this, the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland's 175th year, and look forward to continuing·its tradition of connecting town and country."

The loveliest of livestock
The Royal Highland's big attraction is without doubt the livestock, with more than 5,000 of the finest cattle, sheep, goats, horses and poultry, heading for the showground over the four-day event. However, there will be other furry friends entertaining and enticing showgoers over the 4 days of the Show, including Elite Falconry, the Sealpin Gundogs and Fife Foxhounds, who can all be found in the Countryside Area.

Hooved heaven
The Royal Highland Show is the largest equestrian show in Scotland with almost 3,000 horses and ponies competing in classes for light and heavy horses, private driving, heavy horse turnouts, harness and grooming plus top class show jumping.

The Highland offers an impressive array of equine sections and classes, 38 categories in total, including nine much sought after Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) qualifiers. Over 2,200 riders are expected to compete over the four days.

With a challenging International Stairway class - which allows British Show Jumping to monitor up and coming riders and horses - a vibrant top class show jumping section, seven championship Final classes and a total prize fund of £45,000, the Royal Highland is undoubtedly Scotland's premier equestrian event.

An agricultural shop window
With the vast majority of agricultural manufacturers, dealers and specialists represented at the Show, farmers and others in the agricultural sector have a unique opportunity to review the latest releases and developments.

Over the four days of the Highland, visitors will be able to explore a diverse range of contemporary farm equipment, machinery and techniques and get up to the minute, relevant advice and support.

The place to do business
As well as playing a significant role in supporting the Scottish agricultural industry, the Highland also has a much wider economic impact - £47.1 million in 2014 - and plays a key role as a forum to highlight and discuss some of the crucial issues affecting Scotland today. The 2014 Show saw top figures involved in the Scottish Referendum using the event as opportunity to promote their manifestos; and in the 2015 the Show will come a month after the General Election.

Grass roots learning
This year over 30,000 children are expected to visit the Royal Highland Show where The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) is providing free interactive activities for school groups and the public at the Education Centre.

The Centre will be split into two sections one focusing on food with cooking, cheese tasting, seafood sampling and much more on the menu. The other focusing on farming where children can learn about livestock, cereals and celebrating the Year of Soils can take part in two soil based activities.

Retail therapy
The Show offers a unique ‘High Street' experience for all visitors, offering everything from luxury fashions, arts, crafts and home and garden accessories. Visitors will have the chance to pick up the latest country styles or take home a piece of rural life.

The Royal Highland Show, this summer's moo-hoosive event, takes place at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh from Thursday, June 18 to Sunday, June 21.

www.royalhighlandshow.org.uk


For further press information contact Judith or Kirrie at O'Leary PR on 01383 432608

Notes to Editors:
Media interested in attending the event should apply for press accreditation tickets via the Royal Highland Show website - www.royalhighlandshow.org

Approved images and further event information can be found at -·https://www.dropbox.com/RHSmedialibrary

A limited number of tickets will be available for competitions. Please contact Kirrie McNab at O'Leary PR - mailto:kirrie@olearypr.co.uk

Scotland's Year of Food & Drink
2015 has been designated the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland, an initiative which will sustain and build upon the momentum generated by Homecoming Scotland 2014 to inspire the people of Scotland and its visitors to celebrate Scotland's natural larder. The Year of Food and Drink is led by VisitScotland in partnership with Scottish Government, EventScotland, Scotland Food & Drink and Think Local.

The Year will highlight and promote the abundant, quality produce that makes Scotland a Land of Food and Drink. It will demonstrate that the country is a destination for delicious products and its key role in our economic growth and cultural development. The whole Scottish food and drink industry including events, producers, retailers, caterers and wholesalers are invited to engage with the celebration to make the most of this year for their individual business and our flourishing sector, taking advantage of the enhanced focus on our larder and people behind it.

www.scotlandfoodanddrink.org/yofd




 

Scotland’s larder brought to life at Royal Highland Show


Organisers of Scotland’s iconic annual event, The Royal Highland Show, have announced the introduction of ‘Scotland’s Larder Live!’ a food extravaganza bringing Scotland’s larder to the fore.

Showcasing a diverse range of quality, Scottish produce (and some exciting tastes and flavours from other parts of the world), Scotland’s Larder Live! will be a dynamic, experiential food show, promoting and celebrating our food provenance, regionality and seasonality.

Featuring over 120 producers and showcasing the very best of Scottish produce, the event will ambitiously reposition and refresh the Food Hall by building interactivity and visitor engagement and bring to life the main consumer message of ‘farming equals food’. It will be a lively, stimulating, informative and interactive area full of smells, sights and samples.

It was announced on Friday [15th May] that the Show has received support through the Year of Food and Drink initiative, delivered by VisitScotland. The Show has received funding to produce a new ‘Food To Go’ map which will provide showgoers with information about the event’s on-site catering, helping visitors to find delicious food for lunch, dinner or a quick bite. Each 2015 Food To Go provider will have passed the Year of Food and Drink Food Charter, meaning showgoers can rest assured their food is responsibly sourced and, where possible, bought locally.

The Cookery Theatre - this year featuring top chefs such as Neil Forbes, Paul Wedgwood, Craig Wilson, David Haetzman and Fred Berkmiller - will have a theatrical element, with chefs and celebrities being challenged to whip up a dish against the clock. Tastings and talks will give showgoers the opportunity to meet some of Scotland’s finest producers with plenty of audience engagement and participation.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment Richard Lochhead said: “The Food Hall at the Royal Highland Show is, without doubt, always one of the most popular places to visit. Having it rebranded this year as Scotland’s Larder Live! really puts the focus – and rightly so – on our fantastic natural larder.

“We have some of the best, freshest, tastiest products in the world, and given that we are celebrating the Year of Food and Drink, I think producers at this year’s Show will be going all out to give visitors their best taste of Scotland, and I would strongly encourage those coming to the show to speak to the producers to hear how our food is made, and to try something new. I think it will really prove to people that local, in-season produce that is available on their doorstep is among the very best you can get.”

Show Manager, David Jackson, explains: “42% of visitors come to the Royal Highland Show to enjoy the food and drink. This year we want to appeal to and attract a new and bigger urban consumer audience by developing and growing our food and drink offering whilst remaining true to our core values.

“The Royal Highland is the only food event in Scotland that links together the farmer, the food producer - sometimes one and the same with farm diversification - and the consumer. With over 120 food and drink producers from across Scotland and the rest of the UK, the Royal Highland is Scotland’s Larder Live!”

The Year of Food and Drink is all about celebrating Scotland’s natural larder and the people, landscapes and culture behind our iconic food heritage. Food is an integral part of the visitor experience in Scotland and this year is the opportunity to showcase local cuisine and provenance.

The Royal Highland Show takes place from 18th – 21st June with RBS, a proud partner since 1981.

www.royalhighlandshow.org.uk


For further press information contact Judith or Kirrie at O'Leary PR on 01383 432608

Notes to Editors:
Media interested in attending the event should apply for press accreditation tickets via the Royal Highland Show website - www.royalhighlandshow.org

Approved images and further event information can be found at -·https://www.dropbox.com/RHSmedialibrary

A limited number of tickets will be available for competitions. Please contact Kirrie McNab at O'Leary PR - mailto:kirrie@olearypr.co.uk

Scotland's Year of Food & Drink

> The Year of Food and Drink Scotland began on 1 January 2015 and ends on 31 December 2015. The Year will build on the momentum generated by Homecoming Scotland 2014 by celebrating the role that food and drink plays in shaping our economic success. Through a series of exciting events and activities, the year will showcase Scotland’s outstanding natural larder and our reputation as a land of food and drink. For more information visit www.visitscotland.com/tastescotland

> The Year of Food and Drink is a Scottish Government initiative being delivered by VisitScotland in partnership with Scotland Food & Drink, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Tourism Alliance, SRUC and Young Scot.

> The Year of Food and Drink events fund is managed by EventScotland. The Community Food Fund, which is managed by Think Local on behalf of the Scottish Government, has contributed £150K towards the overall events fund for 2015.




 

New images of Edinburgh’s The Haymarket released


February 4, 2015

First Office Phase Set for Completion by First Quarter 2017

Striking new images of the new office development at The Haymarket, one of Edinburgh’s largest commercial mixed-use projects, have been released as above ground works begin.

Progress on the £200 million development has, so far, been largely underground with contractors carrying out strengthening works on the Victorian railway tunnels running beneath the site. Now, construction activity has started above ground with the first buildings’ phase earmarked for completion by early 2017.

The Haymarket is being developed by Edinburgh Haymarket Developments Ltd, a joint venture between Interserve and Tiger Developments. It is one of Edinburgh’s biggest commercial projects of the last 10 years and is expected to create around 3,500 jobs.

Interserve Development Director, David Westwater said: “We are continuing to carry out strengthening works to the tunnels, but to see works commencing above ground is very satisfying and justification for all our hard work below.

“With excellent access to train, bus and tram networks, the benefits to potential occupiers are being increasingly recognised. We are looking forward to an exciting 2015 where we will see The Haymarket really start to take shape, and are anticipating that our first office occupiers could be in place as early as the first quarter of 2017.”

Tenants already signed up for The Haymarket’s initial development phase include a Premier Inn Hotel, Q Park, Tesco and serviced apartments’ provider Staycity. Food chains Prezzo and Pret A Manger have committed to the second development phase and advanced discussions are currently taking place with other occupiers for a further 70,000 sq. ft. of retail and office space.

John Nesbitt, Managing Director of Tiger Developments, added: “Research shows that office occupier take-up in Edinburgh reached a 10-year high in 2014, resulting in a shortage of office accommodation. With the recent pre-letting announced to Standard Life Investments, it is clear occupiers will require to plan ahead if they are to secure modern office accommodation in the city centre.”

Agents JLL, WYM Real Estate and Dougray Smith are acting for The Haymarket. To view the latest images please visit: www.thehaymarketedinburgh.com/haymarketcgis.html.

ENDS

Issued on behalf of Edinburgh Haymarket Developments Ltd by Weber Shandwick. For more information, call Richard Bright 0131 556 6649 or 07770 886 914, email rbright@webershandwick.com

Notes to Editors:
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Haymarket Scheme: www.thehaymarketedinburgh.com

When complete, The Haymarket will include three contemporary office buildings offering around 320,000 sq. ft. of space designed to meet the fast-growing demand in Edinburgh for high-quality city centre space capable of accommodating large-scale occupiers on single floors. There will also be a mix of retail, food and leisure including bars, cafes and restaurants. In total, The Haymarket has full planning consent for 404,000 sq. ft. of office accommodation and 60,000 sq. ft. of commercial and leisure space, together with a 165-bedroom hotel and a 320-space underground car park.

About Interserve
Interserve's vision is to redefine the future for people and places. It is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies, operating in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally, offering advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and front-line services. Interserve is based in the UK and is listed in the FTSE 250 index. The Group employs some 75,000 people worldwide and in 2012 generated gross revenue of £3.2 billion.

For all news follow: @interservenews

www.interserve.com

About Tiger Developments
Tiger Developments has established itself as a highly successful and reputable property investment and development company both in the UK and continental Europe. Tiger works to increase the value of its property portfolio through refurbishments, lettings, rent reviews and renewals, rationalisation, development and sales and is committed to seeking out investment and development opportunities in all sectors of the property market. Tiger has concluded over £1 billion of transactions in the UK and over €200 million in mainland Europe.

www.tigerdevelopments.com





 

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