We have recently submitted a planning application on behalf of Sundial Properties for a mixed-use development on Baltic Street and Constitution Street in Leith. Located within the Leith Conservation Area, the well-known site contains a rare and vulnerable group of historic listed buildings. Working with the client, we consulted with local Community Councils, CEC Planning and heritage bodies to ensure that the site is developed sensitively and appropriately.
As a result, these important historic buildings are being retained and integrated into the development which will provide post graduate student accommodation for around 600 students. 18 affordable flats will also be provided, whilst 4 retail units and a digital co-working space & cafe along Constitution Street ensures activity along this famous route to the old port, soon to have trams running along it.
The architecture of the new build structures has been developed in consultation with the local community, and purposely echoes the forms and roofscapes of the demolished industrial buildings and warehouses that used to stand here. The density of the development is consistent with the larger conservation area, allowing the hierarchy of landscaped open spaces and courtyards to provide a suitable setting for the historic structures.
It is never an easy job to incorporate historic industrial structures into a development that needs to work commercially, however there has been strong support for this site to retain what so easily could have been lost. We are very excited by the results of the design and consultation process, and look forward to taking this project to the next stage.