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Exhibition details for 43522 - New St Andrews House
New St Andrews House
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New St Andrews House
New St Andrews House was built as part of the St James Centre development, on the site of the eighteenth century St James Square which was demolished in 1965. The new building was completed in 1970 and occupied for the first time in 1974 by the former Scottish Office. It was closed during 1995-96 and remained empty, partly due to the asbestos which had been used in its construction. As a concrete building in the Brutalist style, with cliff face elevations and unattractive fenestration, it faced substantial public opposition when it was first built, and continued to be a somewhat controversial development.

It is in the process of demolition along with the neighbouring St James Centre and Thistle Hotel, John Lewis being the only part of the St James Centre to continue trading throughout the demolition and construction of the new development, planned to be completed in 2020. The St James Quarter will link Princes Street to Multrees Walk in a series of crescents and will include the controversial 'ribbon' hotel 90 shops, 143 new homes and a cinema.