Demolition of the monstrous carbuncle that was The St James Centre, a shopping and hotel complex slap bang in Edinburgh’s city centre is nearing completion. But it has been stopping residents and visitors alike for months and will continue to do so for a while yet. In its place will be built a new £1billion state of the art shopping centre and hotel.
Sitting proudly to the North of this massive operation is John Lewis, part of the centre, but resisting development and trading as usual.
Not only is the painstaking process fascinating to watch but the emerging gap is revealing a new cityscape that won’t be there for long so make the most of your visit and see what you can’t for long.
The Georgian side of Register House can be seen for the first time in my lifetime and prior to the hideous St James Centre the area was a multi story slum that was demolished in the 1960s, so the views really are ones for the history books.
The bridge picture above was an ‘arty’ snaky bridge that linked the East side of Leith Street to the shopping centre.