Revamp agreed for north Edinburgh landmark, into a ‘creative workspace’

THE regeneration of mostly derelict land in the north of Edinburgh has been boosted by a city council decision to fund the revamping of a former landmark, into a ‘creative workspace’.

Says The City of Edinburgh Council, in a media release (here): “The Edwardian B-listed former Granton Station, set in the heart of the city’s planned new sustainable Granton Waterfront district, is to be restored by the council at a cost of up to £4.75m.

“Today, the Finance and Resources committee appointed Kier Construction Ltd to carry out the work

“The project will be part-funded through Scottish Government regeneration capital grant funding and town centre funding.  The latter was previously agreed by the Housing, Homelessness and Fair Work Committee in June 2019 and by council in November 2020.”

The release adds: “Work will commence to bring the historic former Granton Station building back into use by early 2022 as a high-quality creative workspace and the derelict land in front of the building will once again be used as a public square for community events and recreation to be enjoyed by residents and visitors to the area.

“The station site is part of Granton Waterfront, a key sustainable £1.3bn regeneration project for Scotland, which will make a significant contribution to Edinburgh’s target to become a net zero carbon city by 2030.  

“Work has already begun to provide around 450 homes for sale and affordable rent at Western Villages and at the end of last year construction firm, Hart Builders, was also appointed to begin work to design around 150 brand new affordable homes at the former Silverlea care home site in the area.”

Picture credit: The City of Edinburgh Council