CONSTRUCTED in the late 1950s, Leith Fort was acclaimed for its design, with its architect scooping a 750 guinea prize for the blueprint.
Half a century later and the estate – which earned a reputation for violence and drug-taking – is being razed to the ground, with many hoping its notoriety is buried alongside in the rubble.
It was originally created as military base, built in the 1780s after John Paul Jones – the Scot who founded the American navy – sailed up the Forth with three warships and threatened to attack Leith.
The fort was used as the base of the Royal Artillery in Scotland, with soldiers stationed at the barracks until the 1950s.
While most of the original fort’s interior was later demolished to make way for housing – namely the Fort House estate – the perimeter wall, entrance gate and guardhouse were all left standing and became listed buildings.
The site should provide about 100 new homes with plans showing Colony-style buildings.
The homes are likely to be split between the city council, which has secured funding to build social rented accommodation, and Port of Leith Housing Association aimed at mid-market rent.