This website is intended to inform you about a planning and listed building consent application  for 1-5 Baltic Street and 7-27 Constitution Street.

The proposal combines the re-use of redundant industrial buildings and new development on a brownfield site. The principal components are:

  • 66 HMO apartments comprising 558 postgraduate student bedrooms,

  • 2 separate 2-bedroom warden flats

  • 18 affordable homes

  • 4 affordable shop units

  • A public café and digital co-working space 

  • 656 cycle parking spaces

  • 4 accessible parking spaces

Site Plan
Site Plan

North Assembly St Proposed
North Assembly St Proposed

Main Courtyard Current
Main Courtyard Current

Site Plan
Site Plan


The proposals are the result of a 2 year consultation period which has included significant input from the local community councils.

The site is one of the most challenging brownfield sites in the City. Any development has to protect the listed buildings on and around the site whilst remediating severely contaminated ground and critical structural problems.  This is all given urgency by the vulnerablity of the listed buildings and the site's important location on the new tram route.

The main part of the site has been available for sale since 2007, but no other viable use has been proposed which did not require the demolition of most or all of the listed buildings.  The unusual costs and restrictions on the site have repeatedly shown that it is not capable of delivering mainstream (or affordable) housing on a significant scale - even if the site were available at no cost.  The proposed scheme provides a suitable, viable and sustainable new use for the listed buildings. 

Sustainability is at the core of the design - from the reuse of a contaminated urban site, through the almost wholly car-free nature of the proposals, the provision of extensive fully pedestrianised and accessible landscaped areas and the adoption of energy efficient technologies.  The proposals also seek to ensure the site becomes a valued part of Leith, providing affordable housing, affordable small shops for local people, and a digital workspace to provide working space for local entrepreneurs.  The intention is to build on the diversity and unique character of Leith with an urban regeneration scheme which respects the unique history of its surroundings.

Sundial Properties

Sundial Properties is a family-owned, Edinburgh-based property development company, with a track record stretching back for over 40 years. In that period we have established a first class reputation with both purchasers and property market professionals for imaginative and sympathetic developments within a broad range of historically important buildings.

We believe that most people would prefer to live in buildings which sit comfortably within their environment, whether they be historic or new. We therefore look to enhance, rather than obscure, the history of sites which we develop.

Over the past 20 years the company has developed over 80 listed buildings within Edinburgh and Leith, and has developed or is developing a total of almost 700,000 sq ft. of property. We are particularly proud of our work in Leith, including the redevelopment of the former Leith Academy (completed in 2016), the former Leith Hospital (completed in 2002), and a former warehouse at 95 Constitution Street (completed in 2001).


Whilst many of our developments have been of Georgian buildings within the City centre, we have also developed buildings such as the strikingly modern 23 Ravelston Terrace (completed in 2012). 

The common factor between all of our developments is an entirely bespoke approach to the specific context of the building or site. We believe that the former Edinburgh and Leith Gasworks provides a uniquely exciting opportunity to celebrate and breathe new life into an important part of Leith’s industrial heritage.

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