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Leith reaches skyward with 237 home waterfront development

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February 26 2018

Leith reaches skyward with 237 home waterfront development
Leith is set to reach for the skies following submission of plans to erect 237 homes arranged across four separate ‘fingers’ up to 13 storeys in height by Comprehensive Design Architects and S1 Developments.

The Skyliner branded development at Ocean Drive will include 54 affordable homes as well as a ground floor commercial unit at the foot of the eastern most block to provide an active frontage to a newly landscaped boardwalk.

Clad predominantly in blonde facing brick with cast stone string courses and powder coated bronze metalwork the project will conceal the majority of its car parking below a landscaped amenity deck.

Purposefully setback from the street edge the robust development has been positioned to minimise exposure to high winds and rain with differing approaches adopted for the central and end blocks, though unified through use of a simple ‘framed’ approach to ensure all properties remain tenure blind.

In their design statement CDA wrote: “It was the desired approach to develop a proposal based on a simple and elegant ‘framed’ building with considered treatments and a simple palette of materials. A rigorous frame that relaxes at the balconies to open up the views from within.”

Wardell Armstrong conducted landscape design for the project, which forms part of a new wave of development at Leith Docks including CALA’s Waterfront Plaza and a vertical distillery.
 Wardell Armstrong have been commissioned to develop a unified landscape strategy for the waterfront
Wardell Armstrong have been commissioned to develop a unified landscape strategy for the waterfront
A linear avenue of trees will be planted adjacent to the boardwalk to provide shelter
A linear avenue of trees will be planted adjacent to the boardwalk to provide shelter

Four 'fingers' of accommodation are arranged perpendicular to Victoria and Albert dock's
Four 'fingers' of accommodation are arranged perpendicular to Victoria and Albert dock's
Ground floor apartments will benefit from their own private gardens
Ground floor apartments will benefit from their own private gardens

4 Comments

boaby wan
#1 Posted by boaby wan on 26 Feb 2018 at 15:06 PM
"four 'fingers' of accommodation"... More like two fingers, twice!
Cadmonkey
#2 Posted by Cadmonkey on 26 Feb 2018 at 17:41 PM
Loving the way this sensitively and imaginatively relates to the water, with residents having to weave through a car park to reach it.
There must be a better solution than that to the car parking?
Sven
#3 Posted by Sven on 27 Feb 2018 at 12:45 PM
It looks good and makes the most of the plot and views.
Michael Davidson
#4 Posted by Michael Davidson on 16 Jul 2018 at 07:31 AM
Good how about a 40 story office, hotel
housing and retail building to put Leith
on the map ?

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