‘Surgical’ intervention to bring a fresh lease of life to Leith estate
October 9 2018
The City of Edinburgh Council is pushing forward plans to demolish low-rise sixties housing around Coatfield Lane in order to facilitate development of 32 homes for social rent arranged across five ‘colony’ inspired terraces.
Designed by Collective Architecture these homes will nestle at the base of the A-listed Linkview House, the base of which will also be remodeled, as part of a restructuring of the existing public realm.
In a statement the architects wrote: “Situated within the heart of Leiths Conservation area, the project aims to provide high quality family social housing in a city centre location. It also provides an opportunity to reintroduce Kirkgates original strong urban edge. The project looks to density the Kirkgate and bring a strong family and community aspect back.”
The majority of these homes will front a new pedestrianized street lined by brick-built homes, each employing a high grade lime wash to tie-in with the Leith conservation area.
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