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Edinburgh St James

Case Study

Edinburgh St James

Case Study

CLIENT NAME: Native land

Industry: Real Estate

Project Value: £430 million.

Construction dates: 2016 - 2020

Services provided: MEP, Energy and Sustainability

Achievement: The development is being designed to meet with BREEAM Very Good standards.


The development regenerates the East End of Edinburgh via a retail led mixed use masterplan consisting of a 4 storey retail Galleria with 3 levels of basement car park below and 2 residential blocks, 2 hotel blocks, an apart-hotel and cinema. The scheme is Developed by TIAA  Henderson Real Estate with private investment from a third party investor and part public funded through a GAM agreement with the Scottish Government with Laing O’Rourke as the main contractor.

TÜV SÜD have provided MEP and sustainability services for the development and were engaged from an early point in the conception. This included surveying the existing site which incorporated a 12 storey office, Hotel, shopping centre and car park to prepare downtakings and enabling works. This included utility diversions and Street lighting to facilitate the new development as well as the proposed extension of Edinburgh trams at Picardy Place, the installation of a new Primary substation for the East of Edinburgh and maintaining supply to the adjacent John Lewis store as they were disconnected from existing power and heating generation plant.

The Energy strategy includes the design of a new energy centre with gas fired CHP and absorption cooling with air cooled condensers on the roof.

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