L&G invests £50m to create café culture Princes Street

Princes Street, Edinburgh

Legal & General said its L&G UK Property Fund will invest over £50 million into a major regeneration project in Princes Street, Edinburgh.

“The proposals will create a new hotel and city centre ‘hub’ including shopping, dining, hospitality, leisure and event space at 109-112 Princes Street,” said L&G.

“Currently an under-utilised retail premises, Legal & General’s vision will transform 109-112 Princes Street, a building of significant architectural heritage and history in Edinburgh, into a vibrant destination, attracting both residents and tourists to make use of the new facilities.

“With unparalleled views directly onto Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle, Legal & General’s plans for Princes Street will create a major new destination in Edinburgh, delivering the footfall Princes Street needs to continue to thrive.”

The proposals for 109-112 Princes Street include a Sky Bar, Basement Spa, “fine casual” dining and a new shopping close, linking through to Rose Street.

“It is envisaged that the plans will help realise the council’s long held ambitions to create a café culture in Edinburgh’s most famous street,” said L&G.

“The Upper Upscale Hotel will have its own independent identity, reflecting the energy, culture and history of Edinburgh, and operate utilising the best available local produce for the food and drink offer.”

Kammy Day, Deputy Leader at Edinburgh City Council, said: “Legal & General’s project promises to inject a huge amount of investment in our city and create brand new jobs at a time when we need it most.

“In many parts of the world, development is stalling as a result of the pandemic.

“That’s not the case in Edinburgh.

“It’s clear that companies remain confident in the enduring appeal of Scotland’s Capital as an attractive place to invest and this news should be viewed as a real confidence boost in our economy.

“Subject to planning, it will convert a prime site with stunning views and help to support the city’s wider recovery from Covid-19 — something all of us will benefit from.

“Pre-Application Consultation proposals will be submitted before the end of the month, with an online public consultation taking place, rather than a public event due to Covid-19 restrictions.

“A planning application will follow the consultation. The opening of the development will depend on the timescale for any planning approval.”

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