Here, we take a look at what will be inside the future world class mix-use destination and highlight the sheer scale of it all in numbers.
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There will be 85 new shops and 20 new restaurants inside the development. Pic: Edinburgh St James Zara is among the first retail names to be revealed for the one billion pound St James development. It will take up 37,000 sq ft of store space over three floors. Pic: Edinburgh St James Edinburgh St James already boasts a flagship John Lewis store. Pic: Tara888 There will be a five-screen Everyman Cinema at the development which is due to open in 2021. It will feature sofa seating, food and a stylish bar. Pic: Wikipedia Clothing retailer Pull&Bear is one of the brands from global retail group inditex which will form part of the world class mix-use destination. Among the first shops to be announced for Edinburgh St James is the Stradivarius clothing store. This is a shop pictured in Manilla, Philippines. An artist's impression of the new look Cathedral Square on Little King Street which will form a key part of Edinburgh St James. There will be three new public squares in total. Pic: Edinburgh St James A 75-room luxury Roomzzz aparthotel will feature in the complex. Pic: Edinburgh St James A Bershka fashion store will be opening up in the new shopping area. Pic: Hans Olav Lien Next will be among the clothing shops opening up in the shopping centre. Pic: John Devlin Edinburgh's first W Hotel will open in the ribbon-shaped building at the heart of Edinburgh St James. It is expected to be 12 storeys in height. Pic: Edinburgh St James The retail and leisure element at Edinburgh St James is anticipated to be finished in 2020, followed by the full scheme completion in 2021. More than 15,000 tonnes of steel were delivered to the site over the summer of 2018, and the development was starting to take shape by the end of the year. An Evening News investigation earlier this year revealed analysis by an industry expert suggesting 11 Princes Street stores were likely to be lured away to the St James development The team behind Edinburghs one billion pound St James development have vowed to make the site a community hub capable of hosting a range of festival events, with nine event spaces. The structure at one end of the project is nearing completion, including a car park featuring 1,600 spaces which could be utilised for a food market. At the end of March, the Evening News revealed that more than 3,000 people have worked on the construction of the Edinburgh St James Development - 80% of them living locally.