St. James Centre

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Front entrance of the St. James Centre

The St. James Centre is a shopping centre and former Scottish Office office building New St Andrew House in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was initially designed by Burke Martin Partnership in 1964, but was completed by architects Ian G Cooke and Hugh Martin of Hugh Martin & Partners after Martin's partnership with Ian Burke ceased in 1969.[1][2]

Due to the brutalist architecture of the government offices atop the shopping centre it is one of Edinburgh's most unloved buildings although the shopping centre remains a popular and busy shopping location. John Lewis has a store in the centre.


A £850m redevelopment of the St. James Centre has been proposed by its owners, Henderson Global Investors. This would involve the construction of new shops, a public square, two hotels and new apartments. The existing 1973 building would be completely demolished to make way for a three-storey, glass-roofed crescent-shaped building designed by Allan Murray Architects. It is anticipated the redevelopment of the retail elements would be completed by late 2016, and the entire scheme to be finished by early 2018.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Dictionary of Scottish Architects". Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Scottish Architects". Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "St James Quarter Timeline". Henderson Global Investors. 2012-01-04. 
  4. ^ "St James Centre redevelopment will not be completed until 2018". The Journal. 2011-10-19. 

Coordinates: 55°57′15.13″N 3°11′18.29″W / 55.9542028°N 3.1884139°W / 55.9542028; -3.1884139

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