Tram link unlocks Leith potential
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March 24 2020
Barratt Homes are collaborating with EMA on the design of the second phase of the Baltic Street residential development at Leith, Edinburgh.
Conforming to a broader dockland masterplan the Tower Street site seeks to establish a gateway presence for the area through the delivery of a mix of 102 homes and landscaping to revitalise the post-industrial location.
Comprising a mix of flats and colonies the homes employ robust use of brick in a contemporary style with U-plan blocks of flats sheltering south-facing central landscaped courtyards from the Firth of Forth.
Outlining their architectural approach EMA wrote: “A series of feature corners are proposed at the end of each block as it meets Tower Street and Bath Road. Recessed terraces are proposed to these end gables to create activity and secondary amenity spaces with communal terrace, a primary design driver to the rooftops of each end gables.”
Building on a neighbouring application by Sundial Properties the gridded project will establish new pedestrian connections centred on an active travel route to capitalise on the under-construction tram link to Newhaven, expected to open in 2023.