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New wave of housing hits Granton Waterfront

June 9 2017

New wave of housing hits Granton Waterfront
Places for People has submitted plans to bring forward the next phase of development at Granton Waterfront to City of Edinburgh Council in the form of 89 new homes on Waterfront Avenue. 

The latest phase of development, Phase 3, is designed by Reiach and Hall Architects to take advantage of extensive views and provide residents with a landscaped courtyard and amenity space.

Places for People group development director Colin Rae remarked: “Waterfront Avenue is a distinctive development that is providing much needed mixed-tenure housing for Edinburgh. Of the 89 homes in this phase, 33 are for affordable rent and 56 will be available for sale.

“Residents benefit from plenty of open space, easy access to the city centre and routes through the site leading to Granton Harbour. The regeneration of the area stalled during the recession, but with these proposals and other planned developments the outlook for Granton Waterfront is very positive.”

When complete Waterfront Avenue could play host to a community of up to 600 homes; including 100 phase 2 homes designed by CDA.
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#1 Posted by Matt on 9 Jun 2017 at 13:43 PM
Grim..really grim. Definitely a distinct approach to placemaking Mr Rae, but the place in question looks like a communist area housing development, rising from a seagull infested swamp.
#2 Posted by TepidMouse on 9 Jun 2017 at 13:55 PM
Is that for real? Those blocks look like something that Russia would have constructed in the 60's. In fact are we not demolishing these right across Scotland. This looks like a future ghetto!
#3 Posted by Egbert on 9 Jun 2017 at 14:57 PM
Cut 'n' paste press release - poor show UR.
Vlad the Imp
#4 Posted by Vlad the Imp on 9 Jun 2017 at 15:19 PM
Soviet! This wouldn't look out of place on the outskirts of Minsk.
#5 Posted by Philip on 9 Jun 2017 at 17:56 PM
Too much space between buildings, most of which is open, featureless and windswept landscaping. Not sure what is driving the 'placemaking'?...not the buildings going by these two images. Where is the joy!?
Those pensioners on image two look thoroughly scunnered and I don't blame them.
gay pawel
#6 Posted by gay pawel on 11 Jun 2017 at 02:38 AM
I like them, obviously not tall enough, but a step in the right direction, that would interest me as a potential buyer (maybe).
#7 Posted by ur on 12 Jun 2017 at 11:55 AM
Egbert - Sorry about that - out and about but thought it better to get something up
#8 Posted by ian on 12 Jun 2017 at 12:01 PM
I think many of the comments are too negative regarding the flats although I do agree on the issue of the spaces between the buildings. Much more thought needed on how to knit the community together. Play areas for kids? Communal gardens? Allotments?
A Local Pleb
#9 Posted by A Local Pleb on 12 Jun 2017 at 13:08 PM
Seriously? The visuals make me think the architects are stuck in time warp addressing the post war housing shortages! We have been systematically demolishing multi storied mass housing and we now think these runts are ok? Hmm!
#10 Posted by Egbert on 13 Jun 2017 at 14:17 PM
#7 cheers UR!
#11 Posted by Cateran on 13 Jun 2017 at 19:17 PM
Awful, just awful. Lowest common denominator housing. It reminds me of walking across a post-Soviet wasteland in Klaipeda a few years ago in the driving sleet.
#12 Posted by scotsguy61 on 14 Jun 2017 at 14:33 PM
Looks even bleaker than Laurieston and that's bleak.

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