Edinburgh pivots north with ‘coastal city’ creation
February 20 2020
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.