India Quay £200m redevelopment images released

FRESH images have been unveiled showcasing the £200 million regeneration of Fountainbridge.

Monday, 9th May 2016, 10:03 am
Updated Monday, 9th May 2016, 11:07 am
An artist's impression of the plans for more than 400 new homes at India Quay. Picture: contributed
An artist's impression of the plans for more than 400 new homes at India Quay. Picture: contributed

Developer EDI Group, an arms-length council company, wants to build more than 400 new homes as part of its revamp of the former McEwan’s brewery site at India Quay.

And now an artist’s impression has revealed the full extent of the transformation of an area once renowned as the Capital’s industrial heartland.

Bosses said they hoped to create a “unique” destination “rivalling the best in Europe”.

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They claim it will also deliver “one of the largest build-to-rent schemes in Scotland over the next three years” – providing “professionally managed” flats straight to the rental sector.

Among other features, the apartments would boast communal residents’ lounges and “stunning” rooftop terraces, alongside basement storage and safe cycle storage areas. Residents can find out more about the plans at an information event tomorrow, from 3pm to 8pm, at Akva in Fountainbridge. A detailed planning application will be submitted later this month.

Lynn Smith, head of development at EDI, said the project would bring a “significant economic boost” to the city.

She said: “India Quay is a major development site for the city of Edinburgh. Bringing a long-standing vacant site back into use will not only improve the city centre’s built environment, it will also deliver a significant economic boost creating jobs and attracting inward investment.

“Having listened to what local people would like to see developed, we’re pleased to be submitting our detailed planning application and look forward to working with our partners to create a thriving community of high quality homes, shops, restaurants and mixed use spaces for future generations and visitors to enjoy.”

Blueprints for India Quay include a range of one, two and three bedroom apartments as well as 112 affordable homes.

The wider development will also see 4476 square metres of retail space – including a fresh-produce market, cafés, restaurants and food store. Fountainbridge previously held two of the Capital’s industrial 
powerhouses in McEwan’s brewery and the North British Rubber Company, where the first wellington boot is believed to have been produced.