The approach taken by the design team is simple: to refurbish and reuse the historic buildings, and design new buildings which reflect the industrial history of the site.
Specifically, the intention is;
to create a mixed use development of the site which provides both residential accommodation and permanent employment opportunities.
to create a development which provides real benefit to the community, including affordable housing and affordable new shop units
to create a development which respects and enhances the historic environment, and is firmly “of its place”.
to design new buildings which respond to the industrial heritage of the site and are built with a long life in mind.
to create a largely pedestrianised development with extensive open landscaped areas.
to encourage cycling and other sustainable forms of transport.
Before and After
The following slide show compares before and after images of the proposals. It also includes reconstructions of now demolished buildings based on historic plans and photographs to provide context for the design approach. You can use the arrow keys on either side of the images to toggle between "before" and "after". It should be emphasised that these are indicative. Where appropriate consented schemes, such as the site Port of Leith Housing Association scheme at the junction of Ocean Drive and Ocean Way, and the Barratts scheme on Bath Road, are included to give a truer picture of how the area could look in the future.
A key goal is to create an attractive and vibrant mixed use frontage along Constitution Street. The proposed uses include affordable shops, affordable housing, a cafe and a digitally enabled co-working space.
The affordable shops to the South East of Constitution Street will be formed from the remaining shop frontage of the substantially demolished Victorian building on the site, and provide small units available only to local small businesses. The intention is to create the sort of diversity found in Elm Row, St. Stephens Street or William Street: