Leith Townscape
Heritage Initiative

2006 Plans  -  Restoration

The Leith Townscape Heritage Initiative comes from Leith Ahead, a project aimed at improving Leith, with the help of lottery funding of which 1.8m has already been secured.

Leith Ahead involves:

-  Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian

-  Historic Scotland

-  The National Trust for Scotland and

-  Forth Ports Authority.


The Leith Townscape Heritage Initiative now proposes to restore 6 buildings at a cost of 9m.  They are:

Leith Theatre   

-  Leith Victoria Boxing Club

-  The Citadel Youth Club

-  Lamb's House

-  The Hindu Temple

-  St James Church

This initiative is also expected to lead to more improvements in Bernard Street and The Shore areas of Leith to make these areas more pedestrian friendly.

Edinburgh Evening News:  April 21, 2006:  p24

2005 Plans  -  scaled down

The Leith Townscape Heritage Initiative was announced in summer 2005.  At that time it was proposed to overhaul 9 buildings in Leith at a cost of 15m.       Edinburgh Evening News:  April 21, 2006:  p24

On 1  November 2005, an announcement about this initiative referred to expenditure of 13m on 7 buildings:

-   to create environmental improvements including making Bernard Street and The Shore more pedestrian friendly.

-     to install new lighting.

-    to enable some of the older buildings to be brought back  into use.  The first buildings to be tackled are expected to be:

-  Leith Victoria Boxing Club.

-  St James Church

-  The Citadel Youth Club.

-  a Hindu temple.

Buildings to be tackled later are expected to be

-  Leith Theatre.

-  the old custom house.

-  a former wool market.

The Edinburgh Evening News, on November 1, 2005 reported that work was expected to begin in 18 months' time, following a feasibility study, and to last for 5 years.  The Heritage Lottery Fund has already agreed to contribute 1.8m towards this project.

Edinburgh Evening News:  1 November 2005, p.19



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