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February 20 2020

Edinburgh pivots north with ‘coastal city’ creation

The City of Edinburgh Council and Collective Architecture have opened a public exhibition on their plans to develop Granton Waterfront into a new community of 4,000 properties lining active streets mixing homes, work and learning.

A strategic plan and development framework has been developed in partnership with Studio for New Realities, AECOM, Arup and LUC, encompassing some 250 hectares of greenfield and ex-industrial land situated on the shores of the Firth of Forth.

Setting out an overarching vision for this ambition to come to pass the team foresee the creation of a sustainable urban community by establishing a distinctive waterfront neighbourhood by enhancing the current coastline and improving transport links with the wider city.

Key to this approach will be the incorporation of surviving heritage assets such as a landmark gas holder which would serve as the centrepiece of an expanded Forthquarter Park, complementing a separate masterplan to establish a new marina.

In a statement, Collective Architecture wrote: “Granton’s successful transformation holds the potential to reconnect the city to the water and to build on wider ongoing regeneration projects to transform Scotland’s capital into a unique coastal city.”

A drop-in event will open today between 16:00 and 19:00 at Edinburgh College, running through to the 6 March. This will provide an opportunity to view the latest proposals before they are presented to the council’s planning committee next week.

Existing assets will be augmented by infill development
Existing assets will be augmented by infill development
Granton Waterfront forms part of a broader strategy to push Edinburgh's centre of gravity north
Granton Waterfront forms part of a broader strategy to push Edinburgh's centre of gravity north

The terraced topography of the shoreline will be utilised to integrate new development and maintain views
The terraced topography of the shoreline will be utilised to integrate new development and maintain views

5 Comments

basho
#1 Posted by basho on 20 Feb 2020 at 12:52 PM
A well designed masterplan, utilising an ignored part of Edinburgh with great potential. However, I've seen a few over the years - first one in 1999 - hopefully this one actually gets built.
TepidMouse
#2 Posted by TepidMouse on 20 Feb 2020 at 14:05 PM
Let’s hope Granton isn’t under water in the years to come. I certainly wouldn’t be buying a property there. The phrase “coastal” has different connotations these days!
Damp Proof Membrane
#3 Posted by Damp Proof Membrane on 20 Feb 2020 at 14:59 PM
Great to see. Also critically important to get these ferry connections up and running.
Robert
#4 Posted by Robert on 20 Feb 2020 at 18:57 PM
#3: I suspect the ferry connections may be little more than wishful thinking. Don't get me wrong, it would be great to see but costs, logistics, unreliable weather / sea state and likely low user numbers will probably render it unviable.
Terra
#5 Posted by Terra on 24 Feb 2020 at 21:45 PM
nice!

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