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Edinburgh’s Granton Waterfront city quarter makes waves

Words: Roger Milne
Organisations sign up to establish new development in Edinburgh / iStock-884487470

A critical mass of public sector partners including Edinburgh City Council and the Scottish Government are among the organisations to have signed up to establish a new city quarter at Granton Waterfront in the capital.

The National Galleries of Scotland, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh College, and Scottish Futures Trust are also involved.

The council’s purchase of the former gas works site earlier this year, together with existing landholdings, has provided an opportunity for a comprehensive placemaking initiative that will see an end to the slow and piecemeal approach that has characterised progress to date.

The council’s ‘vision’ for the 140-hectare site includes about 4,000 new homes, services, retail and high-quality public realm to be built over the next 10 to 15 years, while retaining the rich heritage and history the area provides.

Council leader Adam McVey said: “Granton is a hugely important area for the council and for the city. It’s not only a strategic development area in the city plan but also one of seven key strategic sites prioritised in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal.”

The Granton Waterfront initiative is expected to kick-start regeneration in the north of Edinburgh.

There are currently more than 700 homes either under development or construction on the harbour and along Waterfront Avenue.

In a separate but related move the first tranche of city region investment has been agreed including ambitious proposals for a new 1,000-seater auditorium, Heriot-Watt’s National Robotarium scheme, projects designed to unlock the capital’s potential to become a leader in data-driven innovation as well as enhancing skills.

The Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Regional Deal is an agreement between the UK and Scottish governments, the local authorities of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, West Lothian and the region’s universities and colleges.

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