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Images released of hotel at centre of St James Centre development

Architects Jestico + Whiles have designed the hotel to look like a bundle of coiled ribbons.

Hotel at St James Centre development. Picture from Jestico + Whiles.
Jestico + Whiles

Images have been released of the proposed design for the hotel at the new St James centre development.

Architects Jestico + Whiles have designed the five-star hotel to look like a bundle of coiled ribbons.

It will host a bar, lounge and restaurant with 360 degree views over the city.

With up 210 hotel rooms and the potential for an additional apart hotel, the interior will be decided on by the operator.

The plans won a competition to design the hotel at the heart of the new development.

Heinz Richardson, director of Jestico + Whiles, said: "We are thrilled to have been selected by TH Real Estate to be part of one of the biggest and most exciting regeneration projects currently under way in the UK.

"The contemporary design will be sympathetic to the surrounding World Heritage site and its history, providing a first class destination for Edinburgh at the heart of the city’s new retail quarter."

Jestico + Whiles  design of the hotel at the St Jame development.
Jestico + Whiles

Martin Perry, from TH Real Estate, said: "As an established finance and business destination with a thriving tourism industry, second only to London, Edinburgh is a prime location for a luxury hotel. The proposals put forward by Jestico + Whiles reflect our commitment to creating a vibrant and exciting hub at Edinburgh St James, strengthening the city’s position as a celebrated, international tourist location.

"We are now actively looking for suitable operators with whom we can take the development forward and we have already received high levels of interest in the hotel element at Edinburgh St James."

The £850m development will see the current St James Centre demolished and a new centre built on the site.

It will house 750,000 sq ft of retail space, 30 restaurants and a multi-screen cinema.

Work will start later this year and in due to be completed by 2020.

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