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Skyliner private rent towers in Leith get council go-ahead


Skyliner: filling a derelict site

Plans have been approved for four towering blocks of flats for rent on Leith waterfront.

S1 Developments secured permission for the ‘Skyliner’ flats which will be up to 14-storeys high.

The development comprises 338 apartments in four blocks of 10 to 14 storeys on a brownfield edge-of-water site in Ocean Drive close to the Ocean Terminal. It is backed by Legal & General’s build-to-rent fund.

A previous application for 245 units was approved by councillors in December 2018. The site is allocated for residential development in the Local Development Plan. 

The development at Albert Dock skirts the proposed tram extension and will include 71 on-site car parking spaces has also been made, 12 electric charge points and two city car club spaces. Cycle parking provision has been increased to 708 spaces.

It is Legal & General’s first Build to Rent development in Edinburgh and its second in Scotland. 

Build to Rent is an emerging, fast-growing market in the United Kingdom offering high quality and well-managed homes with ancillary services for elective renters. Legal & General is a major investor within the sector with 15 schemes, delivering over 5,000 homes, currently in operation or development across the UK.

S1 Developments, an Edinburgh family-owned developer which owns the site, will deliver the development for Legal & General. Scarlett Land and Development has been representing Legal & General and working with S1 Developments in the formation of the proposals.  It is estimated that the scheme will be completed in 2022.

Luke McClelland, project manager at S1 Developments, said: “As an Edinburgh-based family company, we are thrilled to see this exciting project given the green light and look forward to breathing new life into a long-neglected area of Leith. 

It will provide the local area with a fantastic new amenity space.

– Luke McClelland

“A key element of the scheme is delivery of a new public boardwalk, served by established cycle routes and the new tram connection, which will provide the local area with a fantastic new amenity space.

“We look forward to getting these proposals underway and to continue working with council officials and the local community to deliver them.”

Dan Batteron, head of build to rent at Legal & General, said: “Skyliner is another great example of Legal & General investing in a location with significant urban regeneration potential and delivering much needed city centre homes.”

Marina homes approved on appeal

Detailed consent has been granted on appeal for a £500 million regeneration of Edinburgh Marina which will include 100 apartments.

The Scottish Government granted its approval to Edinburgh Marina Holdings for The Moorings.

In his decision notice, the Reporter stated: “I find that the layout, materials, design, height and density of the proposal are appropriate to the location… the proposed use of zinc cladding and larger windows on the upper floors and recessed vertical sections all contribute to a modern appearance, in keeping with the completed blocks.

“This helps to provide a sense of place which ties in with the council’s aspirations for the wider masterplan area and drawing on the positive characteristics of the area.”

The apartments will include duplex penthouses and garden apartments with their own private patio gardens overlooking the new Edinburgh Marina which will have 427 berths and 24/7 access at all states of tide.

Prospective purchasers of apartments will have the opportunity to reserve a berth at the same time as they reserve their apartment.

Built around a landscaped garden, all apartments include an Electric Vehicle (EV) enabled secure underground parking space; this is believed to be the first apartment block in Scotland to incorporate this feature.

In addition to The Moorings and a retirement living development, the Edinburgh Marina masterplan includes the Hyatt Regency Spa and Conference hotel and serviced apartments as well as shopping and a medical centre.

Phase one of the development will create at least 850 permanent new employment opportunities for the local community.

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