Edinburgh Docks to be Transformed

31 August 2008 (Last Updated August 31st, 2008 18:30)

A massive regeneration of Edinburgh's historical Leith Docks is to go ahead, paving the way for the transformation of the Scottish capital's waterfront. Planning permission, granted by Edinburgh City Council, has given architects RMJM the green light to design Leith Docks as part of a t

A massive regeneration of Edinburgh's historical Leith Docks is to go ahead, paving the way for the transformation of the Scottish capital's waterfront.

Planning permission, granted by Edinburgh City Council, has given architects RMJM the green light to design Leith Docks as part of a term vision to turn the area into a "vibrant sustainable community and internationally renowned leisure destination," said RMJM.

The plans outline the development of nine new interconnected sustainable waterfront villages on 144ha of brownfield land, which will create up to 15,200 new homes with public walkways, including 3km of coastal boardwalk.

Architects RMJM, who have been working with Edinburgh City Council since 2004, believe the new development will create thousands of new jobs in the area as well as attracting new visitors.

"The area will also appeal to visitors as an exciting travel and leisure destination in its own right, adding a waterfront city experience to compliment the popular historic attractions of Edinburgh's Old and New Towns," said Associate Urban Designer of RMJM, Nathan Ward.

By Ozge Ibrahim.