Bam wins ‘largest ever’ fit-out job on £1bn Edinburgh regen

Bam Construction has won its “largest ever” fit-out job to deliver the interiors of the 244-room W Edinburgh hotel.

The 12-storey hotel is the centrepiece of the £1bn St James Quarter regeneration in Edinburgh.

Keppie Design has also been appointed as delivery architect by Bam to integrate its design solutions and assist with full 3D co-ordination of the design.

The hotel will include 42 suites, an Extreme Wow Suite (the W chain’s version of a presidential suite), gym, spa, music studio and a rooftop sushi restaurant with 360-degree views of the city.

The value of the contract has not been disclosed but a Bam Construct spokesperson said it is the firm’s “largest ever” fit-out job.

Bam Construction Scotland regional director Jim Ward said: “This is a prestigious, striking, and high-quality development for Scotland. Bam’s work on the Johnnie Walker Experience and V&A Dundee shows we have the pedigree and credentials to deliver such ambitious schemes.

“During the pre-construction period our team has brought our customary collaborative approach to bear in helping de-risk and develop the design while forming a strong relationship with our partners. It is going to be as exciting to build as it will be to stay here when we complete our work.”

The St James Quarter regeneration cover 1.7m square feet and is being delivered by Nuveen Real Estate.

It includes retail units, bars and restaurants, as well as an Everyman Cinema, a 75-bed Roomzzz Aparthotel, 152 New Eidyn apartments being built by Native Land, and a 1,600-capacity car park.

Nuveen Real Estate director of development management Edward Webb said: “We are delighted with the appointment of Bam, and excited to be moving forward at pace with the interiors of W Edinburgh.

“The hotel is a complex fit out across three very different buildings and architecture, and the experience of Bam will ensure the highest quality and efficiency can be delivered to enable the hotel to open in late 2023.”

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