City centre skyscrapers? Welcome to Edinburgh 2044

'FUTURE EDINBURGH SKYLINE: Concept art by architect David Edwards for new British Sci-Fi film THE MACHINE in cinemas/VoD now and DVD/Blu-ray out 31 March. www.themachinemovie.com

'FUTURE EDINBURGH SKYLINE: Concept art by architect David Edwards for new British Sci-Fi film THE MACHINE in cinemas/VoD now and DVD/Blu-ray out 31 March. www.themachinemovie.com

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A POLLUTED skyline filled with glass and steel skyscrapers and surrounded by giant wind turbines - welcome to the Capital in 2044.

A striking image of the city centre 30 years in the future has been created as part of a promotion for the British science fiction film The Machine.

And while the World Heritage landmarks of Edinburgh Castle and the Hub building remain untouched, vast swathes of the city are dominated by towering skyscrapers, and Princes Street appears to have become the home for a huge Shard-like construction. In the distance the Pentland Hills have become a forest of gigantic wind turbines.

The concept art was created by architect David Edwards.

The film’s premise sees Britain still gripped by recession in the future and embroiled in a cold war with China. The Ministry of Defence works to create a mechanised soldier, a thinking robot that has the ability to fight and the intelligence to negotiate peace.

The film, starring Toby Stephens and Caity Lotz, is in cinemas now and released on DVD/Blu-ray out March 31.