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Edinburgh Council joins 'New Districts' to discuss Granton Waterfront project

Granton Waterfront, City of Edinburgh, courtesy of City of Edinburgh Council and Aerial Photography

Future Cities Forum is delighted to welcome City of Edinburgh Council, Michelle Fraser, Project Lead for Granton Waterfront - who will be talking about the development of the waterfront area at our 'New Districts' forum this month.

The Granton Waterfront area in Edinburgh has a rich industrial and maritime heritage, with outstanding views across the Firth of Forth. The City of Edinburgh Council and its strategic partners have big plans for Granton’s future. Over £16 million from the Levelling Up Fund will help kickstart regeneration.

The listed gasholder dates to 1903 and has stood unused since 1987. The Levelling Up Fund will help launch phase one of the Granton Waterfront regeneration programme.

This first phase is named ‘Heart of Granton’. Funding will support decontamination of the surrounding land and key restoration of the structure. The gasholder will be transformed into an accessible open greenspace for community use. It will also have the potential for further development in later phases of the programme.

Once restored, the gas holder frame will continue to be lit at night. This will ensure that it acts as a key destination within the regeneration programme and remains a beacon on the city’s skyline.

Over the next 15 years, the Granton Waterfront regeneration scheme plans to deliver transport infrastructure including transport hubs and active travel network, 3,500 Net Zero homes, cultural and retail spaces, a low carbon heat network, a primary school and a medical facility.

The National Galleries of Scotland and National Museums Scotland have plans for the waterfront. Over the regeneration period they plan to create new facilities and expand on existing structures. These buildings will house the nation’s culturally significant artefacts and collections of art. There are also plans to build one of Europe’s largest coastal parks.

Michelle Fraser, Granton Waterfront Programme Manager, City of Edinburgh Council says:

“The key objectives of restoring the gasholder are to ensure that development of the surrounding sites can take place, whilst at the same time securing the future of this iconic structure so that it can be enjoyed by the community and visitors to the area for generations to come.

“The Levelling Up funding secured turns these objectives into reality with this, and further investment in Granton aimed at creating strong links to surrounding neighbourhoods which suffer from high levels of inequality. Through inclusive economic growth which prioritises skills and jobs in modern methods of construction, renewable energy and green transport, the regeneration of Granton Waterfront will contribute to a sustainable, fair, and inclusive future for all.”


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