Permission sought for Leith cinema residential development
November 23 2017B-listed former cinema in Leith into 36 apartments through its conversion and extension.
Situated on Great Junction Street the art-deco venue has fallen on hard times since its 1930’s heyday but will regain some of its lost glamour via an extensive programme of refurbishment, including demolition of a warehouse to make way for a five-storey extension and south facing courtyard.
Conceived by ISA this contemporary addition will include horizontal cantilevered balconies designed to mirror the curve of the Water of Leith while maximising onward views.
Elements of the historic cinema including its foyer and a setback upper floor offering enviable views of Arthur’s Seat.
Daryl Teague, director of Glencairn Properties, said: “We have tried to breathe life into the original building and respected many of the original art deco features with our design. The planning application has been submitted now and if successful we would estimate the development to commence late 2018. In the meantime, we have partnered with the Hidden Doors team and provided the building as a new arts venue for the Festival next year.”
Underground parking will also be provided.
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