Leith Docks reach for the skies with 338 homes vision
June 12 2019
S1 Developments have evolved ambitious plans to erect 338 flats at Leith Docks on Ocean Drive with the submission of plans for four brick-clad towers ranging in height from 10 to 14 storeys.
Skyliner has been designed by architects CDA to a peninsula site sandwiched between the Victoria Quay government buildings and the Ocean Terminal shopping centre and will include two commercial units in addition to a mix of 71 surface and under deck parking places below a podium residents garden.
A pedestrian boardwalk will also be laid along the waterfront, connecting a string of pocket parks to the north while residents will also have access to a communal roof terrace on top of the taller tower.
Conceived as four ‘fingers’ of accommodation oriented north to south the bulk of the ground floor will be given over to shared amenity space, commercial activities and back of house use. The main entrance will be embedded within this podium, recessed to form an entrance courtyard.
In a design statement CDA wrote: “Adding height in this location has benefits both to occupiers of the site in regards to views out by taking advantage of the open aspects to the north and back towards the city but also from the city's perspective where a development of scale acts as a marker to this major redevelopment area which is vital to the city.”
Mindful of the exposed climate a hard-wearing palette of brick has been specified for the facades with each tower given its own complimentary tone to enhance identity. Aluminium cladding will be employed as a secondary facing material.