Fort Kinnaird

Shopping Centre

4 miles east of the centre of Edinburgh

beside the Musselburgh By-pass

 

Fort Kinnaird -  Car Park and Shops

2006

Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre

February 2006

Shopping Centre 1

Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre

February 2006

Shopping Centre 2

Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre

February 2006

Shopping Centre 3

Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre

March 2006

Shopping Centre 4

 

Fort Kinnaird  -  Car Park

2009

    Fort Kinnaird  -  Looking to the east to Toys 'R' Us

Looking east to
Toys 'R' Us

    Fort Kinnaird  -  Looking to the west to Arthur's Seat

Looking west to
Arthur's Seat

 

Fort Kinnaird  -  Bus Terminus

2009

Lothian Buses  -  Terminus  -  Fort Kinnaird -  Route 69

Lothian Buses  -  Terminus  -  Fort Kinnaird  -  Route 69

Lothian Buses  -  Terminus  -  Fort Kinnaird -  Route 69

Lothian Buses  -  Terminus  -  Fort Kinnaird -  Route 69

Lothian Buses  -  Terminus  -  Fort Kinnaird -  Route 69

Lothian Buses  -  Terminus  -  Fort Kinnaird -  Route 69

 

Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre

Fort Kinnaird is Edinburgh's largest retail park.  It is about 4 miles to the east of the centre of Edinburgh. 

Fort Kinnaird has been constructed in three phases:

Stage 1.    Kinnaird Park:  built in 1988 and opened in 1989 on the site of the former Newcraighall Colliery,   close to western end of the Musselburgh by-pass, also constructed in the late 1980s.  The site is mainly retail units  but also includes a Megabowl leisure complex and some industrial buildings

Stage 2. The Fort:  retail units, built nearby, on the site of the former brickworks to the south of Newcraighall Road.

Stage 3.   An extension of stage 1,  filling the gap between stage 1 and stage 2 so creating Fort Kinnaird, a total complex of 55,000 sq m, straddling Newcraighall Road.

 

Recollections

1.

John McAllister

Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland

Thank you to John McAllister for posting a message in the EdinPhoto guest book, after noticing that I had referred to Fort Kinnaird as having opened in 1989 on some of the 'Fort Kinnaird Bus Terminus' photos above.

Apologies for that.  I had intended to type '1989'.  I've now corrected those pages.

John wrote:

Kinnaird Park

1990s

"I noticed you said Fort Kinnaird opened in 1998.  However, I worked there in security from 1991, although it was called Kinnaird Park then, and only consisted of the main square which includes Toys "R" Us.

There was also a Twinings tea factory there, and offices behind the now demolished UCI Cinema and Megabowl.

Fort Kinnaird has now grown in size to include The Fort, but i have many memories from my time there.

John McAllister, Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland.
Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook, October 24, 2013

More Memories of Kinnaird Park?

I've asked John if he'd like to send me any of his memories of Kinnaird Park in the 1990s, so that I can to add them to the EdinPhoto web site.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  October 24, 2013

 

Recollections

2.

Peter Stubbs

Edinburgh

Fort Kinnaird

Further Expansion?

John McAllister (above) talks about the expansion of Fort Kinnaird since the original park opened in 1989.

There seems to be a continuing demand for further expansion on the site, but Edinburgh Councillors have been reluctant to give permission for some of the proposals to proceed.  They are concerned that these could harm other shopping areas in the city.

-  An agreement was recently signed with Debenhams for a 60,00 sq. ft. store to be created at Fort Kinnaird.  However, Edinburgh Council's Planning Committee voted, by 9 votes to 4 yesterday, to refuse this application because of the impact that councillors felt the development might have on Princes Street and Ocean Terminal shopping areas.

Source:  Edinburgh Evening News:  October 24, 2013, p.9

- Today's Scotsman reports:  Edinburgh councillors are recommending that a proposal for a new seven-screen cinema at Fort Kinnaird should be refused at the Planning Committee's meeting next week.

Source:  The Scotsman:  October 24, 2013

Kinnaird Park

1990s

Incidentally, I remember visiting Kinnaird Park in the early-1990s, when there were fewer 'out of town' shopping centres in and around Edinburgh.

I went there:

-  to go to the UCI Cinema, and to the Megabowl on a 'Departmental Night Out' with Standard Life Investment and Property Depts.

-  to take photos of the Twinings tea factory, as part of my project photographing 'Edinburgh at Work'.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  October 24, 2013

 

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