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7 April 2022

St James Quarter welcomes Forth 1 & 2

St James Quarter is set to welcome Forth 1 & 2 into the new office and studio spaces on level four and five of the development, where Everyman Cinema also recently opened.

Forth 1 & 2, which are part of the Bauer Media UK Group, will also become a media partner for St James Quarter, while working in the office and studio spaces within the development.  

As a result of the move, both Forth 1 and Forth 2, will broadcast live from St James Quarter from Spring 2022. The entertainment network is the No.1 UK Publisher, as well as the No.1 Digital Commercial Audio broadcaster. The media group also includes brands such as Grazia, Empire and Q, reaching 25 million consumers.

The new office and studio suites will sit alongside Everyman Cinema as well as Roomzzz Aparthotel, which is due to open later this year, adding variety to the truly mixed-use, city centre destination.

Ed Webb, Director of Development Management at Nuveen Real Estate, said: “Part of our ambition for St James Quarter was to create a new art, culture and fashion hub that merges seamlessly with the city’s cultural offering and events calendar. By welcoming Bauer Media UK Group’s Radio Forth stations as our media partner, and having shows broadcast straight from St James Quarter, the development is integrating further into the cultural heart of the city.”

Nick Peel, Managing Director at St James Quarter, said: “We’re honoured to be welcoming Forth 1 and 2 to St James Quarter. Forth 1’s ‘Boogie in the Morning’ show is iconic in Edinburgh so to have it broadcast from The Quarter every day is a big deal for us. This move is testament to our commitment to provide world-class facilities that will continuously offer unique and new experiences for our guests.”

Graham Bryce, Chief Operating Officer for Bauer Media Audio UK, said: “Forth has been the leading commercial radio station for Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife for 47 years. In keeping with the multi-media digital environment we now operate within, we wanted to seek out a new contemporary office space and state-of-the-art facilities to ensure we can build on our market-leading position long into the future.

“We continually invest in our facilities, so I’m absolutely delighted to have found Forth 1 and 2’s new home in Scotland’s most iconic development – St. James Quarter.

“Our award-winning teams, led by Boogie in the Morning on Forth 1, are really excited to be able to broadcast live from this amazing development. We can’t wait to get moved in and to get started.”

Boogie from Forth 1’s Boogie In The Morning said: “It was going to take somewhere really special to beat our long-standing home at Forth House and our spectacular new studios and offices at St James Quarter do just that. We can’t wait to get settled in and begin broadcasting.”  

Arlene Stuart, co-presenter on Boogie In The Morning, said: “There is no better place to broadcast than right in the heart of our beautiful city and the views of our capital and the surrounding areas from our new studios are incredible. I can’t wait to bring our shows from there every morning.”

Micky Gavin, Drivetime presenter on Forth 2 said: “I’m really excited about moving into St James Quarter and our shiny new studios! What a brilliant location for me to playing the Greatest Hits every single weekday.”

A game-changing mixed-use development being delivered by Nuveen Real Estate, St James Quarter completes the distinctive offer of Edinburgh with over 80 new brands, an enticing mix of restaurants and bars, W Edinburgh, a boutique Everyman Cinema, a Roomzzz Aparthotel and an unrivalled guest experience providing customers with an enviable events programme in a range of new and attractive public spaces.

Complementing an unrivalled shopping offer, St James Quarter will be a premier food and drink destination. It will provide a truly diverse offer – from fast, fresh food, to family and restaurant dining, including Bonnie & Wild as the anchor for the development’s new concept food hall alongside Five Guys, and The Alchemist. The offer will be available over a number of locations throughout St James Quarter, each with its own unique look and feel.

 ENDS 

For more information and interview opportunities, please contact stjamesquarter@stripecommunications.com

About St James Quarter

St James Quarter is Edinburgh’s largest development in a generation – a new 1.7 million sq ft masterplan in urban placemaking. Comprising 850,000 sq ft of retail space, St James Quarter complements the city centre’s retail circuit with John Lewis, Zara, & Other Stories, LEGO, H Beauty and Kurt Geiger to name a few, it is also home to an enticing mix of new restaurants, cafés and bars with recent signings including Duck & waffle, Gordon Ramsey Street Burger and The Botanist. Next year will add Scotland’s first W Hotel – W Edinburgh – which will include 244 stylish guestrooms, a destination bar, outdoor terrace, a Sushi Samba restaurant and an AWAY® Spa. St James Quarter will also include a boutique five-screen Everyman Cinema, a luxury aparthotel brand Roomzzz, comprising 75-rooms; and 152 New Eidyn residential apartments by Native Land; in addition to delivering nine new public squares and 1,600 car parking spaces.

About Bauer Media

Bauer Media UK reaches over 25 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including heat, KISS, Grazia, Empire, Magic, Absolute Radio and the Hits Radio Network. It creates and curates entertaining media content that audiences love whenever, wherever and however they want through a multi-channel strategy and a focus on product excellence and audience insight.  The result is an exciting array of influential brands, content and talent which provide compelling and engaging advertising opportunities with valuable audiences for UK commercial partners.  Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.

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