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Western Harbour Leith Architecture

Forthside Apartments, Newhaven Property, North Edinburgh, Scotland: Built Environment

Western Harbour Property in Newhaven / Leith

Western Harbour
building photo © Adrian Welch, Sep 2006

Western Harbour Leith

Western Harbour property
Design: Cooper Cromar architects

The Element, Western Harbour: £30m – FM Developments

Western Harbour Apartments
image from Cooper Cromar Architects

Leith Docks
Leith Western Harbour

Docks History

Between 1936 and 1942 the Port of Leith’s western harbour was created by the construction of two breakwaters, the western of them running out from Newhaven into the Firth of Forth.

A large area of land to the east of the western breakwater has since been reclaimed through landfill, on the opposite side of the water to Ocean Terminal.

In 2003, it was the location for the 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards. The awards ceremony was held in a 6,000-capacity big top arena constructed specifically for the main event.

Site Redevelopment

In 2004 the owner of the Docks, Forth Ports, announced plans to carry out a major redevelopment of the area. The planned development, which was given supplementary planning guidance by the City of Edinburgh Council in 2004, will be the size of a small town with up to 17,000 new homes. The new urbanist masterplan was designed by the new classical office of ADAM Architecture.

Initially, three large residential blocks were built along the western breakwater in 2009. However, interest in further development suddenly halted, largely as a result of the Global Financial Crisis and later the decision to cancel the Edinburgh Trams project to Leith and Newhaven.

Interest in Western Harbour has picked up again with the decision to complete the light rail link to Newhaven, which has since opened to passengers in June 2023. The Harbour Point & Gateway residential developments were completed in 2019 and the new replacement Victoria Primary and Nursery school opened its doors in January 2022. Another five development-ready sites went on the market in 2022 that would see up to 600 homes built on 10 acres of brownfield site.

Edinburgh Waterfront Property

Contemporary Edinburgh Waterfront Architectural Designs – recent Firth of Forth property selection from e-architect:

Granton Marina
Cooper Cromar: Housing
image from Cooper Cromar Architects
Granton Marina

Granton Housing
Granton Harbour

Scottish Parliament

Quartermile flats
Quartermile flats
photo from the architects

Belford Road housing
Belford Road housing
image © Adrian Welch

Lasswade Road Housing
Lasswade Road Housing
image © Keith Hunter

Eyre Place housing
Canonmills Apartments
picture from the architect

Ocean Terminal Leith

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