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GRAS float plans for Water of Leith pub extension

July 22 2016

GRAS float plans for Water of Leith pub extension
GRAS Architects have tabled plans for a £50k extension to the Malt & Hops pub, Leith, which wills see the watering hole expand out over the adjacent Water of Leith.

A timber 115sq/m timber barge-style deck will be built out from the riverside which can rise and fall with the changing tides whilst tethered to the dockside to prevent patrons being left all at sea.

Accessed by a movable gangway the unconventional space will host a bar, toilets and seating area to the south of Bernard Street Bridge and will sit below the level of Shore Street to minimise intrusion upon the surrounding conservation area.

In a design statement Stuart Falconer of GRAS wrote: “The planked deck will be supported by a box iron steel frame on ballasted floats. Fixed to this will be an integrated timber framed handrail clad in flush finished translucent acrylic. The exposed timber frame principle will continue to the entire perimeter and at the north end extended to form the servery, store and accessible WC. The structure will be moored against the dock with fixed arms which are capable of moving up and down with the slight tide. The finishes throughout have been kept intentionally restricted and enhanced using simple forms and modern architectural detailing.

“Although the design is not specifically nautical, the overall form is inspired by approved barges
and Leith’s history as a port.”


#1 Posted by Terra on 22 Jul 2016 at 23:45 PM
Toilets? It will have toilets?
Apart from's interesting idea. Incidentally I think The Shore should be part-pedestrianised.
George richmond
#2 Posted by George richmond on 26 Jul 2016 at 00:34 AM
Will the disabled be catered for ? Sounds like a goo
idea always wanted to eat on Leith
#3 Posted by Egbert on 26 Jul 2016 at 10:59 AM
Looks great, but I thought the Water of Leith was kept permanently at high tide along this stretch anyway so it shouldn't need to "rise and fall with the changing tides" surely?
#4 Posted by Stephen on 26 Jul 2016 at 11:19 AM
GRAS seem to be one of the more architecturally ambitious and innovative practices in Scotland to my mind. I hope this goes ahead and they can push on and win bigger work.
50k seems financially ambitious as well mind you... Good luck to them. Always good to see a waterfront better used. Glasgow City Council take note.
boaby wan
#5 Posted by boaby wan on 26 Jul 2016 at 11:45 AM
Sounds good - more drinking room at the malt...
only real issue I see with it is that there's so much silt built up in these basins - are they going to dredge it ever to get some moving water in there?
Not sure it really needs to float as there's only a few inches of water then tonnes of silt, but look forward to sampling the atmosphere

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