New homes drag Leith garage out of the slow lane
November 12 2019
The latest proposals reduce the number of new-build residential units from 27 to 18 together with a reduction in the number of homes fashioned from the existing repair centre offices from two to one.
An accompanying disused warehouse will be converted to 20 apartments as before.
The work seeks to build on the character of existing structures by demolishing an ad-hoc build-up of 20th-century sheds and warehouses, bringing new life to John’s Lane in the process.
Explaining this approach, the architects wrote: “Two south-facing courtyards are to be included within the new build element of the project to provide excellent residential amenity. These courtyards are linked, and the proposed configuration of the development will allow a new pedestrian access route to be formed from John’s Lane through the development site to Constitution Street.
“John’s Lane is a much-neglected dead-end lane. The arrangement of the layout of existing and proposed buildings will greatly improve the character of the lane and create permeability through the site. This proposal will include the upgrading and refurbishment of John’s Lane itself.”
New build elements will be finished in a mixture of natural stone, facing brick and bronze coloured aluminium metal cladding.
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