Plans have been lodged in Edinburgh for a campus-style office development with a major focus on wellbeing and sustainability. The proposed site for Edinburgh Green is set within the existing site of Drummond House and the Younger Building in Edinburgh Park. London-based property manager Shelborn Asset Management has filed plans with Edinburgh City Council after purchasing the site from NatWest Group in 2021. The proposal seeks to deliver a new approach to open space with modern amenities and a transportation and mobility hub, in close alignment with Edinburgh’s pathway to Net Zero.
The proposal for Edinburgh Green will offer more than 800,000 square feet of office space with 50% of car parking spaces to include 800 electric vehicle (EV) charging points. An initial 170 EV points will be installed, with capacity for a further 595 for future use. The EV points will be available for community use at evenings and weekends. If planning permission is granted, Edinburgh Green would overtake The Energy Superhub in Oxford as the largest charging hub in Europe, which is currently planning for around 450 charge points.
Brian Rabinowitz, director at Shelborn, said: “This is one of the most ambitious office developments to be launched in Edinburgh for decades and our plans for Europe’s largest electric vehicle charging hub is key to meeting our ambitious 2030 net-zero target.”
"Sustainability will be at the heart of this development, which promises to be a game-changer by transforming the common perception of what an office workspace should look like.”
"As Edinburgh's market continues to grow post-pandemic, public and private sector occupiers are demanding a better-quality workspace which gives their employees better places to work.”
"Edinburgh Green is seeking to respond directly to this, creating a new kind of workspace that optimises a well-connected brownfield site, complete with all the amenities and functionality demanded by both employer and employee alike."
If granted planning permission, construction works are expected to begin in summer 2024.