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Monday, March 31, 2024

Springside to alleviate Grade A office shortage in Edinburgh

Work is set to start in June on the first offices at Edinburgh's new Springside quarter on the site of Sir Sean Connery's birthplace.

The five-storey building on the former Scottish & Newcastle brewery site in Fountainbridge will feature 62,283 square feet of high quality office space.

A number of retail units including coffee and sandwich shops facing Fountainbridge will also be created in the building for both Springside residents and the 2,500 employees who are expected to eventually work in the area.

Designed by award-winning Edinburgh architects CDA, the entrance to the building will be complemented by a landmark glazed tower.

It will occupy the former birthplace of screen legend Sean Connery, Fountainbridge's most famous son, who grew up in a tenement long since demolished to make way for the brewery. The development team behind Springside, Grosvenor, AMA and The Royal Bank of Scotland, is currently considering options to commemorate Sir Sean's links with the area.

The 9.5 acre Springside quarter, one of the largest city centre regeneration projects seen in the Scottish Capital during the past 50 years, will also provide 600 new homes. A third of the initial 58 flats on offer were reserved in the first weekend in January.

Springside will act as a natural extension to the Haymarket area and the Exchange financial district, but also cement Fountainbridge's reputation as a quality business location.

Dr Ali Afshar, director of AMA, said: "This will be a high quality commercial hub within a brand new urban district in the very heart of a dynamic city centre. These offices will further cement Fountainbridge's growing reputation as a popular business location in Edinburgh."

Peter l'Anson, partner at Ryden, which along with King Sturge is the joint letting agent for Springside, said: "This prime office development will be an integral part of the city's growing business area, close to the Exchange financial district and Haymarket area. We expect significant interest in Springside, particularly given the limited availability of Grade A space in the heart of Edinburgh."

John Irvine, director of Grosvenor, said: "The building will reinvigorate and reinforce Fountainbridge as a vibrant commercial centre, both enhancing the appearance and maintaining the complex and varied character of this major arterial route."