Rocket Shaped Building
The Leith Theatre Steering Group has announced a
£9m plan to build a rocket-shaped 'Outlook Tower', as part of a new
Leith Theatre Arts Complex at the corner of Ferry Road and North Junction
Street, close to Leith Library and the old Leith Theatre.
This site is at present an open plot of land,
with a 'Cavorting Sailors' sculpture, a sailor rolling a barrel,
set against a backdrop of a mural of the industrial history of Leith
painted on a gable end of the Great Junction Street tenements.
The architect of the proposed new building is
George Keith, who designed Princes Square shopping centre, Glasgow.
It is also proposed to build housing, a sculpture
park, community garden and market area on a plot of land behind the old
Leith Theatre, and to convert the theatre, built in 1929, into:
- a 600-seat auditorium.
- a 150-seat studio theatre.
- 2 dance studios.
- several art galleries.
- rehearsal spaces.
Proposals for the new building were welcomed by
Leith councillor, Phil Attridge, who said: "The plans for the new
tower are great and I think they actually really fit in with the
local area. It almost looks like a lighthouse or a ship."
One of Edinburgh citizens questioned by the
Evening News said: "It's a good thing for Leith. It looks
like a rocket-ship. It'll be good for the people of Leith because half of
them are on another planet."
Edinburgh Evening News: April 10,