Boost to Waterfront revival

Places for People has submitted plans for the next phase of development at Granton Waterfront. 

The proposals for 89 new homes is the latest phase of a planned wider residential community of around 600 homes providing a variety of house types and tenures on Waterfront Avenue.

Places for People is on target to complete a total of 2000 new homes in Edinburgh over the next three years. The other Places for People developments underway in the capital include a new community at Shrubhill on Leith Walk, Urban Eden at Meadowbank, 55 Degrees North at Granton Waterfront and The Green at Longstone.

Places for People kick-started the Waterfront revival ten years ago with completion of the first phase of the development known as Upper Strand. Upper Strand provided over 130 homes and commercial space in a mix of 4 and 11 storey high apartment buildings, winning several awards for its high quality design. Since then, nearby Lighthouse Court, a development of 62 low energy homes in a mix of townhouses, maisonettes and flats was completed in 2013 and Waterfront Avenue Phase 2, designed by CDA, is currently under construction providing 67 1, 2 & 3 bed apartments and 33 townhouses.

The latest phase of development, Phase 3, is designed by Reiach and Hall Architects, voted 'Architectural Practice of the Year' at both the UK national BD Architect of the Year Awards and the Scottish Design Awards 2017. Reiach and Hall's designs for the new homes take advantage of extensive views in all directions and will create a new courtyard, landscaped to provide amenity space and a high quality living environment for the residents.

Colin Rae, Places for People Group Development Director

"Placemaking is at the heart of what we do as a developer which means we put people first and prioritise high quality design, taking inspiration from the surrounding area and local communities to create safe, welcoming and sustainable new neighbourhoods where people will want to live. 

"Waterfront Avenue is a distinctive development that is providing much needed mixed-tenure housing for Edinburgh. Of the 89 homes in this phase, 33 are for affordable rent and 56 will be available for sale. Residents benefit from plenty of open space, easy access to the city centre and routes through the site leading to Granton Harbour. The regeneration of the area stalled during the recession, but with these proposals and other planned developments the outlook for Granton Waterfront is very positive."

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