The scheme is the first in Scotland for the Yorkshire-based developer, which is now looking for further opportunities there.
The accommodation units and 6,500 sq ft of retail provision are due for completion in July 2016.
The project will regenerate a disused site at 34b-40 Haddington Place, which was acquired by the Yorkshire-based developer early in 2014. It was formerly part of Edinburgh’s original Botanic Gardens and until recently housed the Botanic Cottage which is currently being reconstructed at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
S Harrison’s mixed-use scheme is designed to harmonise with the existing streetscape and will see 240 new student units constructed across five storeys above ground floor space set aside for retail, café and restaurant use. The project will be built of traditional materials in sympathy with the surrounding listed buildings.
The project will create around 100 construction and associated jobs over the next 18 months and up to 35 permanent jobs when completed.
S Harrison director David Clancy said that the company had been impressed by the warm welcome on this, its first scheme in Scotland. ““We’ve been impressed also by the quality of the professional and construction resource in the city and we are now actively looking to invest in additional development opportunities across Scotland.”
Ogilvie Construction managing director Donald MacDonald said: “We have an extensive track record in the student accommodation sector and are proud to be part of this innovative project. The building will be completed to the highest standards using modern sustainable building materials to ultimately provide a great living environment for students.”