280,000 sq ft office Pre-let agreed at Haymarket Edinburgh development

July 29, 2020

London, July 27, 2020 - M&G Real Estate and its property developer partner Qmile Group have secured a 280,000 sq ft pre-let at the £350 million Haymarket Edinburgh development.

Independent investment partnership Baillie Gifford has agreed to take the Grade A accommodation on a 20-year lease and will relocate to its new head office in the latter half of 2023. The agreement, concluded by JLL and Savills, also marks the first pre-let achieved at Haymarket Edinburgh. 

Commenting on the relocation, Baillie Gifford’s joint senior partner, Andrew Telfer, said: “This new office is a significant long-term investment for Baillie Gifford, demonstrating our confidence in the future.

“It will bring all our Edinburgh colleagues under one roof again, in a more flexible and dynamic working environment. This will help to support our staff and clients around the world, whilst providing space for further growth.”

Designed by globally renowned architect Foster + Partners, Haymarket Edinburgh will provide more than 380,000 sq ft of Grade A office space with Baillie Gifford’s accommodation located within a seven-storey building. The development will also have a vibrant landscaped public realm at its heart for the benefit of both the city centre and local community, offering leisure, retail, accommodation and events space.

Cameron Stott - Lead director of JLL’s Edinburgh office said: “The pre-letting to Baillie Gifford is a major stimulus for the Edinburgh market and shows great confidence from both developer and tenant. With occupation planned for 2023, it shows how tight the supply pipeline is in Edinburgh and how occupiers require to plan for the future. We are seeing office occupier demand  focussing on well connected, sustainable buildings which incorporate a specification that takes cognisance of the impact of Covid on how occupiers operate their buildings. The new development at Haymarket addresses these requirements.”

Martin Towns, Head of UK Commercial at M&G Real Estate, added: “As one of the world’s largest commercial property investors with significant capital at our disposal, we are ideally placed to acquire and regenerate a project of this scale.

“Our environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials and expertise will ensure this site is transformed into a new, world class public realm for the local community and sustainable office space for the most exacting modern occupiers.

“For our customers and clients, this development represents a key asset with potential for sustained income and strong capital appreciation in a targeted growth zone. We are very pleased that Baillie Gifford has chosen Haymarket Edinburgh and we look forward to welcoming them in due course.”

Paul Curran, chief executive of Edinburgh-based Qmile Group, commented: “Securing Baillie Gifford as Haymarket Edinburgh’s first office occupier shows the continued confidence in Edinburgh’s commercial property market, and in high quality, well-designed workplaces.

“Haymarket Edinburgh is without doubt a high profile development and represents the total regeneration of a site which has been derelict for more than 52 years.

“To attract an occupier of the size and stature of Baillie Gifford at such an early stage in the development of the site is hugely exciting. We look forward to working closely with the Baillie Gifford team to deliver their new head office.

“Construction work has restarted at Haymarket Edinburgh in line with Scottish Government guidelines and the development is progressing well. We are on our way to making our vision for Haymarket Edinburgh a reality by delivering a place designed to be inclusive for the benefit of both the local community where it is being built and city’s business community.”

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