Fort Kinnaird Shops, Location, Shopping Centre, Edinburgh Stores

Fort Kinnaird : Edinburgh Shopping Centre

Retail Complex – design by Geoffrey Reid Associates

Fort Kinnaird Cinema

Fort Kinnaird Multiplex

Plans for a 1200-seat multiplex at Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh has been approved. The proposed seven-screen complex – to be run by Odeon on the site of the cinema demolished in 2008 – is forecast to attract 46,000 customers per year and draw 90 per cent of its trade from competitors across the Capital. 14 Mar 2013

Fort Kinnaird Shops

Fort Kinnaird – Shops Development Sep 2006
Fort Kinnaird
Fort Kinnaird photo © Adrian Welch, Ssep 2006

Marks & Spencers store on site, northeast part of the Fort Kinnaird centre
Reid Architecture – Glasgow
M&S store and associated buildings

Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre

This Edinburgh shopping centre consists of 48 retail units, 3 food outlets, 2 leisure outlets and an industrial estate with a factory and additional offices. This retail centre has 50,854 sq m of accommodation and over 2000 car parking spaces.

Reid Architecture, formally Geoffrey Reid Associates, are one of the UK’s
largest architectural practices.

Fort Kinnaird was the first out-of-town Scottish shopping location for Officers Club, Gap, H&M, Etam, Clinton Cards, Early Learning Centre & Beaverbrooks.

Fort Kinnaird
Fort Kinnaird shops image by Geoffrey Reid Associates

Fort Kinnaird in Edinburgh was the UK’s largest out of town shopping park on completion, designed by architectural practice Geoffrey Reid Associates for Pillar Property.

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Fort Kinnaird shopping centre images © Adrian Welch

A mixture of 12,850sq m (138,000sq ft) development and 28,100sq m (302,000sq ft) redevelopment, Fort Kinnaird offers excellent customer choice. A UCI cinema and a Megabowl are complimented by several restaurants, as well as a bank and many top high street retailers, like Gap, H & M Hennes, Beaverbrooks and Borders, which have all opened on the park.

Fort Kinnaird Architect: Reid Architecture, Cochrane House, 29 Cochrane St, Glasgow

Typical Fort Kinnaird shop facade – why do planners allow identikit storefronts?
Fort Kinnaird
Fort Kinnaird photo © adrian welch Sep 2006

Fort Kinnaird – Background

Pillar acquired the two existing retail schemes, known as the Fort and Kinnaird Park, plus the brownfield site between them, and planned to redevelop the new area as one large fashion park by connecting the three sites together. The creation of a new tree-lined spine road, the integration of public transport routes and the upgrading of most of the old park frontages helped achieve this and led to the re-branding under the single banner, Fort Kinnaird Shopping Park.

The Fort Kinnaird architectural brief required flexibility of use and so Geoffrey Reid Associates created a simple box envelope in terraces for different predetermined unit sizes. Usually entrance features are integral with the front of a building and are difficult to change during construction, however the Fort Kinnaird flexible design meant that they could be moved into any structural bay at any time.

This important feature of the Kinnaird Park design gave us the benefit of flexibility until the very last moment, says Chris Hacking, Director at Geoffrey Reid Associates. One entrance feature was literally craned and moved into the next bay and we were even able to add extra entrance features post-completion to provide further sub-division of units to suit new tenants.

The prominent Fort Kinnaird entrance features are very much the focal point of the scheme and provide a beacon to the park from the A1, he continues. And at night carefully positioned lighting shining underneath the discs emphasises them even more.

Mark Stirling of Pillar Property says, The new development has been enormously successful in bringing high street retailers into an out of town shopping park for the first time. The distinctive design and flexibility to provide for different unit sizes by spanning the roofs front to rear has assisted in this process.
Kinnaird Park serves the whole Edinburgh catchment. It is situated in an area where the local authority is currently promoting significant residential development.

There is easy access to the shopping centre, which is adjacent to the A1. There are already bus stops on Fort Kinnaird site and proposals on the table for a bus route to run through it. In the next 12 months there should also be a local Cross Rail route station adjacent to Fort Kinnaird.

Fort Kinnaird Tenants

PC World, Pilot Clothing Limited, The Link, Beaverbrooks The Jewellers Ltd, Time Computers Limited, Etam plc, C&J Clark International, Borders (UK) Ltd, H&M Hennes Ltd, Gap (UK) Ltd, Pizza Hut (UK) Ltd (tbc), Birthdays Ltd, Logo Outlets Ltd, The Officer’s Club Ltd, J D Sports, Bank of Scotland, Claire’s Accessories UK Ltd, Phones 4 U Ltd, The Jessop Group Ltd, Halifax plc ATM pod, Lloyds TSB Bank plc ATM pod. Obviously this list will vary over time.

Fort Kinnaird Shopping Development PR, 11 Apr 2001, from Geoffrey Reid Associates, at top of page. Fort Kinnaird is located at the south-east entry to Edinburgh.

Close to Fort Kinnaird is Asda Edinburgh Shopping Centre, The Jewel




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Reid Architecture are also responsible for the Edinburgh Airport Control Tower

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