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£24 Million Semple Street Development Latest Addition to Edinburgh’s Exchange Financial District  

Posted: 21st March 2016

First Grade A Office Spec Build Since 2014 – Easing Demand For City Centre Space.

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Work has started on a £24 million development in Edinburgh’s vibrant Exchange district which will provide 35,000 sq ft of office space and 11,000 sq ft of ground floor retail units. GSS Developments Ltd (GSS) believe 2 Semple Street will be in high demand from blue-chip companies looking for grade A accommodation in Edinburgh’s premier business area.

With strong financial backing and an almost 50-year relationship with Bank of Scotland, GSS said certainty of deliverability and a firm completion date of January 2018 will be prime factors in attracting corporate tenants for the fully-funded speculative project. The site was acquired last year from Aberdeen Asset Management and with demolition work of the existing building underway, the main contractors will be appointed by the middle of April, with construction due to begin early June.

It is expected the office space over 5 floors could accommodate up to 350 employees and may attract the attention of accountancy and legal firms or Edinburgh’s vibrant technology sector. The retail space is divided in to a 7,500 sq ft unit fronting Lothian Road and a dividable 3,000 sq ft unit on Fountainbridge. With 5 floors of the highest quality of office space above, benefiting from views of Edinburgh Castle, strong demand is expected.

GSS Director Paul Stevenson, said: “Currently there are no available new build grade A office developments coming out of the ground in central Edinburgh, therefore the strong appeal for potential tenants at 2 Semple Street is the absolute certainty on delivery and quality of product. With a number of well-known occupier lease expires in 2018, this delivery certainty allows us to discuss with confidence definite completion and move-in dates with occupiers. Our family have a relationship with Bank of Scotland going back nearly 50 years and this fully-funded development gives businesses, which are looking for first-class city centre space in Edinburgh’s financial district, the absolute confidence that they can start forward planning now.”

Joint agents for 2 Semple Street are Chris Cuthbert of CuthbertWhite and Angela Lowe of CBRE. Chris added: “2 Semple Street is a strong address and will appeal to businesses keen to be located into the exchange area at the heart of the city’s financial sector. This is the first speculative grade A office development to be started in Edinburgh since 2014 and the confidence in deliverability from a long-established developer will be an important factor for businesses looking to relocate, expand or upgrade their current office provision.”

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