Disused Leith gas works powers back
February 7 2020
The one-hectare dockyard site is bounded by Baltic and Constitution Street and was formerly occupied by the Leith Gas Company, before latterly hosting a timber merchant, with surviving industrial architecture to be retained wherever possible.
Outlining their architectural approach Michael Laird Architects wrote: “As the site once more adapts to new uses, it is important that these old buildings and their rough finishes are celebrated. This can be done by ensuring that the newer buildings are layered into the site and are completely legible as new. This way, the development will be sure to capture every period of its history and will tell of the constant change it has undergone.
“The industrial buildings will be appreciated for their robust design, surrounded by elegant and modern additions which echo the buildings which did not survive.”
This work will see existing warehouses refurbished with sympathetic new additions employing an articulated roofline and vertical separation in a nod to historic massing.
Landscape design undertaken by RankinFraser will further cement new and old by marrying student housing, commercial space and affordable homes within a unified public realm.