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Port of Leith HA press on with 104 Granton Harbour homes

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February 7 2017

Port of Leith HA press on with 104 Granton Harbour homes
Port of Leith Housing Association are to press ahead with construction of 104 flats at Granton Harbour after securing permission from planners at City of Edinburgh Council to press ahead with the development.

The project has been conceived by Hackland + Dore for reclaimed land on the waterfront with homes forming a perimeter around a central landscaped court accessible via secure gates.

Explaining their approach the architects wrote: “The Hesperus Crossway and Heron Place frontages are the principal elevations adjacent to the site’s existing urban fabric. A play between ‘good ordinariness’ and movement follows the juxtaposition of the adjacent residential tenement.

“Vertical emphasis is given by the porches sitting below balconies and extended outwards into the street frontage but appear integrated within the building’s fabric. Thus creating pockets of privacy with outdoor space benefiting from natural sunlight and open views to the surrounding area.

The building is ‘broken’ in two sides to allow for access from the street into the internal courtyard on ground level creating some breathable space between the two gable ends and marking the entrances to these blocks. Connections are established on the upper floor levels with the use of an internal private deck. Entrances are expressed forward with larger areas of glazing and their own separate roofs pace extended to form canopies which provide shelter and visually welcome the residents and their visitors to the building.”

Stair cores are identified externally through use of vertical glazing with all flats and maisonettes benefitting from dual aspect views.

Hackland + Dore are also delivering 157 mixed tenure homes on behalf of Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association at Saughton Prison, Edinburgh.
Residents will gain use of a central, secure, courtyard space
Residents will gain use of a central, secure, courtyard space
The design seeks to knit in with neighbouring developments
The design seeks to knit in with neighbouring developments

2 Comments

Basho
#1 Posted by Basho on 8 Feb 2017 at 11:46 AM
A decent design & good way to break up the mass of the block.
CALA might want to have a keek at this, and amend the awful monotonous blocks they've proposed facing Ocean Terminal, just along the road.
Revd. Alan Hamilton-Messer
#2 Posted by Revd. Alan Hamilton-Messer on 14 Feb 2017 at 12:17 PM
When will construction start? As a current resident in Granton Harbour we have been waiting a long time for some progress?

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