Union Canal  -  Fountainbridge

Edinburgh Quay

Development Announced

In July 2002, the Edinburgh Evening News announced proposals to redevelop the area around Lochrin Basin at Fountainbridge, close to the view in the engraving below.  The development is a joint venture between Miller Developments and British Waterways.  It is to be known as Edinburgh Quay.

 Engraving in 'Old & New Edinburgh'  -  Edinburgh Castle from Port Hopetoun  -  1825 ©

This was once an industrial area including a brewery and the North British Rubber Company Works.  Building was due to commence in Summer 2002 and the first phase of the development was due to be completed in Autumn 2003.  The whole project is due to be completed by spring 2006.

[Edinburgh Evening News,  4 July 2002]
[Herald & Post, 4 November 2004, p.15]

Phase 1 of Development

Phase 1 of the £60m Edinburgh Quay development is due to be completed in summer 2004.  It will include over 60 luxury apartments,  60,000 sq. ft. of offices and 50,000 sq. ft. of bars and restaurants.

The development is a joint venture between Miller Developments and British Waterways.  It stands at the eastern end of the Union Canal. 

[Edinburgh Evening News,  12 January 2004, p.9]

Further Developments

Phase 1 of the Edinburgh Quay Development is now complete and the area was looking attractive, with a couple of barges moored on the canal, and new offices, bars and restaurants all in use when I visited it recently.  This phase includes 82,000 sq ft of office space.

Phase 2 of Edinburgh Quay, including a further 62,000 sq ft of office space is due to be completed in 2006.

Plans for a further  at Edinburgh Quay have now been announced:

1. A £71.5m developments by Buredi, a joint venture between the Burrell Company and Edinburgh city council's development firm, EDI, drawn up by architect, Alan Murray, who  has also drawn up plans for the proposed Caltongate development.

2.  A £35m development, a joint venture between housebuilder, McTaggart & Mitchell and Edinburgh Quay Ltd.

These developments include:

- a new footbridge over the canal, providing a link between Viewforth and Fountainbridge.

-   a new tree-lined boulevard, to be named New Freer Street

-   new shops, bars and Cafés, and over 130 new homes.

-  a new small canal basin immediately to the SE of Lochrin Basin, on the site of a Arnold Clark's garage (and before that a rope-works) at Tollcross .

-  new plans, not yet decided, for the site currently occupied by The Tartan Club, once a popular club Scottish & Newcastle employees - but now the Scottish & Newcastle brewery has closed.

Edinburgh Evening News,  March 3, 2006:  p.6.

Edinburgh Evening News,  March 9, 2006:  p.8.


10 Bronze Swans

Plans have been announced to install 10 bronze swans, fixed to the broadwalk "waddling out of the Union Canal and heading for the City Centre" at Edinburgh Quay.

The swans were commissioned by Edinburgh Quay and have been designed by Shona Kinloch who created the flock of pigeons on the pavement at Elm Row, Leith Walk.  

The swans are to be life-size, each weighing 50 lbs.  They have been cast in Edinburgh by the foundry: Powderhall Bronze.

Edinburgh Evening News,  May 10, 2006;  p.3





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Industry in Fountainbridge  -  history

Fountainbridge  -  Proposed developments

South Fountainbridge  -  plans announced

North Fountainbridge  -  plans announced

St Kentigern's Church  -  demolition?

Edinburgh Quay  -  developments

Palais Bingo Hall  -  demolition

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