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‘Surgical’ intervention to bring a fresh lease of life to Leith estate

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October 9 2018

‘Surgical’ intervention to bring a fresh lease of life to Leith estate

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.

A pedestrianised street will connect each of the new homes
A pedestrianised street will connect each of the new homes
Giles Street will be given a new sense of enclosure
Giles Street will be given a new sense of enclosure

2 Comments

Pea Soup
#1 Posted by Pea Soup on 9 Oct 2018 at 14:29 PM
'Surgical' as performed by Doctor Moreau
E=mc2
#2 Posted by E=mc2 on 9 Oct 2018 at 20:02 PM
Can see what they were trying to achieve but material selection is bland and joyless

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