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Shrubhill tram depot makes way £75m Engine Yard development

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May 25 2018

Shrubhill tram depot makes way £75m Engine Yard development
4.5 acres of brownfield land off Edinburgh’s Leith Walk is to be transformed by a £75m housing development billed as a ‘gated community without gates’.

Construction is already underway at the Engine Yard on 376 homes, complete with an on-site gym, which will occupy a long sliver of land which once played host to workshops and an engine room which powered the city’s cable-drawn trams.

Developer Places for People and Cooper Cromar architects will retain the B-listed depot buildings as part of the project, including tram sheds, a chimney and boundary wall, while delivering a mix of properties for sale and rent.

Colin Rae, group development director at Places for People, said: “As placemakers we are very proud that the end result will be a distinctive, sustainable, safe and accessible neighbourhood. Public spaces should not be lifeless and although only a small part of the site is visible from the main thoroughfare of Leith Walk, it opens up to gardens and shared spaces creating a unique living environment.”

In a nod to history a walkway running through the site will allude to old tram tracks with planters and seats modelled on the proportions of passenger carriages.
A large part of the existing boundary wall and gables will be retained
A large part of the existing boundary wall and gables will be retained
A winding brick 'tramline' snakes its way through the development
A winding brick 'tramline' snakes its way through the development

Even the flowerveds can trace their form back to old cable-drawn trams
Even the flowerveds can trace their form back to old cable-drawn trams
Places for People have been at pains to preserve the industrial character of the site
Places for People have been at pains to preserve the industrial character of the site

6 Comments

Pea Soup
#1 Posted by Pea Soup on 25 May 2018 at 15:49 PM
'Gated community without gates' = just a community
Inahuf
#2 Posted by Inahuf on 25 May 2018 at 19:59 PM
@pea soup - I think it really means ‘outsiders not welcome’...
Leither
#3 Posted by Leither on 29 May 2018 at 09:19 AM
No doubt these will be unaffordable to anybody from or currently living in Leith.
Stevie Steve
#4 Posted by Stevie Steve on 29 May 2018 at 13:33 PM
They really should have done something better against the old engine shed gables. Couldn't they have done some quirky mews or something?
Cadmonkey
#5 Posted by Cadmonkey on 29 May 2018 at 16:35 PM
#3
That's a bit of a sweeping statement that is not true.
Besides, this site is not in Leith.
It is in Edinburgh.
Resistance is futile
#6 Posted by Resistance is futile on 30 May 2018 at 12:00 PM
#3 - Gentrification, baby, gentrification...

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