St Andrew Square building being demolished

The building is being demolished to make way for a new retail and office development. Pic: Ian Georgeson

The building is being demolished to make way for a new retail and office development. Pic: Ian Georgeson

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DEMOLITION is well and truly under way at the the former Scottish Provident building on the corner of St Andrew Square and South St David Street.

It’s paving the way for a £75 million development featuring a shopping mall topped by offices and apartments.

The plot includes the site of 18th century philosopher David Hume’s former house. He was the first occupant of 8 South St David’s Street - one of the first houses to be built in the New Town in the 1770s.

And he was well known for his lavish dinner parties, attended by other key figures from the Scottish Enlightenment. Historians hope they might even come across the remnants of his wine cellar under the pavement.

The new development of 3-8 St Andrew Square by Standard Life and Peveril Securities is due for completion by 2016.