ISG secures major Edinburgh office scheme

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Leading property development and investment company, Chris Stewart Group, has appointed ISG to deliver a flagship £multi-million office and leisure project as part of the wider redevelopment of The Registers – a major regeneration of the south east corner of St Andrew Square in Edinburgh.

The mixed-use Mint Building scheme sees ISG create circa 61,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation and 11,000 sq ft of leisure space across ground and basement levels. The Mint Building at 28-52 West Register Street and adjacent 42 St Andrew Square together form Chris Stewart Group’s The Registers development – reinvigorating this strategic city centre site and enhancing the surrounding public realm.

The Mint Building incorporates an 1860s warehouse, constructed in the Venetian Gothic architectural style, with ISG retaining and repairing the building’s imposing façade, whilst reconfiguring and extending capacity by introducing a new steel frame structure. A series of adjacent buildings in a poor state of repair have been carefully demolished as part of the project and ISG will construct a new steel structure to seamlessly link into the existing warehouse building, providing seven floors of high specification open plan office space.

The contemporary-designed new build element incorporates sandstone cladding with glazed curtain walling to maximise the volume of natural light entering the building. Featuring high quality materials and fittings throughout, the Mint Building boasts a spacious double height reception area. The top two floors provide panoramic views across Edinburgh, Fife and the Lothians. Externally, the streetscape and wider public realm will be carefully and sympathetically restored.

Andy McLinden, managing director of ISG’s UK Construction North and Scotland business, commented: “There are encouraging signs of growth in the Edinburgh office market and reinvigorating existing assets is a key trend. Refurbishing and retrofitting existing properties, especially within a heritage context, requires a very specific skillset and high levels of expertise. When you also add complex logistical constraints and busy locations into these scenarios, it’s clear why clients are actively seeking out contractors with a proven track record of delivery.”

ISG is working alongside architects Hoskins Architects, RYBKA M&E consultant and structural engineers Will Rudd Davidson to bring Chris Stewart Group’s bold vision to reality.