If a 30 storey tower were built at Ocean
Terminal it would become, by far, the tallest building in
Edinburgh. The tallest building to date in the centre of Edinburgh is the 13-storey
Exchange Tower, off Lothian Road.
Forth Ports Authority said that:
- the tower is part of a blueprint
for Leith Docks, due to be submitted to the city council in May 2007.
- their vision has been partly
inspired by Manchester's tallest building, the 47-storey Beetham Tower,
which FPA describe as "just fantastic".
- they plan to hold a design competition to
draw up detailed plans, and would like work on extending Ocean Terminal to
begin within the next two or three years.
- they might include a new concert arena and
museum in the development.
- they would like to build a
Guggenheim-style contemporary art gallery, probably near the proposed
Cruise Liner Terminal at Leith Docks.
Edinburgh city council aims to protect views of the city skyline.
This effectively prevents the building of tall buildings in the city
Evening News April 2,
2007: pp.1, 5, 12