Incredible new drone footage shows the scale of Edinburgh's St James Quarter as construction nears completion

New drone footage shows the scale of Edinburgh's St James Quarter development as construction nears completion.

Shops inside the £1 billion project are expected to open their doors around Easter 2021 following a six month delay due to the coronavirus lockdown.

As well as over 80 shops, the St James Quarter will have the 244-bedroom W hotel with its distinctive “ribbon” exterior – due to open in 2022 – and a 75-room Roomzzz Aparthotel, where guests can stay for anything from a night to a year.

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There will be nine event spaces set to host a variety of pop-up fashion and music shows. An events programme is being created for next year’s festival time, with up to 27 shows a day.

One of the event spaces is the third level of the development’s underground car park, which has been designed with theatre lighting and sound to accommodate shows.

A five-screen Everyman Cinema will offer conference facilities as well as films.

The residential element of the project involves 152 apartments, ranging from studio to three-bedroom, with a shared garden room and full concierge service.

And there are over 30 restaurants, from fast food to fine dining. Earlier this month it was announced the development would have the first Bonnie & Wild Scottish food hall, a 16,600 sq ft space billed as the largest single food and beverage site in Scotland. As well as featuring a wide range of Scottish produce, it will offer visitors a taste of life on a Highland estate with a virtual stalking and grouse shooting experience.

Drone footage shows the scale of the St James Quarter in Edinburgh as construction nears completion.

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