Leith Walk block earns a reprieve with revised vision
April 7 2020
Plans to overhaul a 2.9-hectare site at the foot of Leith Walk, Edinburgh, have been radically reimagined by Drum Property Group in the form of a new proposal of application notice (PAN).
Stead’s Place had been earmarked for a major student-residential led redevelopment, but a change of heart will now see the existing sandstone building retained and refurbished instead to provide a mix of commercial uses.
New build elements will be restricted to replacing industrial sheds to the rear which will be replaced by a landscaped housing development connecting to Pilrig Park, with Halliday Fraser Munro retained as the architect.
Commenting on the changed approach Graeme Bone, group managing director at Drum Property, said: “We have listened to a range of concerns voiced during the previous application. As a result, we are proposing to retain and refurbish the two-storey sandstone building to ensure that, once again, it plays an important role in the future of the Leith Walk community. We have no intention of selling the building and will hold it as a long-term investment for the Group.
“The rest of the site will be designated to provide much needed local housing. This will open up what is currently an inhospitable industrial site by creating an accessible living environment linked through landscaped walkways and cycle routes to Pilrig Park and the rest of the city.”
In light of ongoing disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak Drum are investigating means of meeting consultation obligations ahead of any detailed application via a dedicated website and online portal, in lieu of a public exhibition.
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