7N Architects have revealed their designs for the 8.2 acre Fountainbridge site, one of the largest city centre developments in Edinburgh, where they plan 350 homes, a range of workspaces, a 130 room hotel, canalside retail and café space and two arts buildings. The intention for the former industrial zone is to offer "enhanced canalside features, open space and paths for both pedestrian and cycle use."
More on the proposal after the break
In order to develop the plan, 7N Architects worked extensively with the local community, modeling their designs on the aspirations and feedback of local residents. This model was based on the methods used in cities such as Amsterdam and Copenhagen, and the architects hope that it will lead to long term economic improvement.
Ewan Anderson, Partner at 7N Architects, said: "This project can prove the case for a new way of city making in Scotland. One that moves away from short termism to long term civic investment in making quality places that can benefit the city for years to come. The EDI Group and the City of Edinburgh Council should be applauded for taking this bold step on this key site and for giving the local community such a central role in the design process."