First phase of Ocean Terminal transformation recommended for approval

First phase of Ocean Terminal transformation recommended for approval

Plans by Keppie Design

The City of Edinburgh Council looks set to approve the first phase of a £100 million masterplan to reconfigure Ocean Terminal in Leith.

Council planners have recommended the application for approval when councillors meet to decide on the proposals on Wednesday 21st.

As part of these plans, the north end of the existing shopping centre will be demolished and a new frontage constructed, with retail and hospitality units looking out onto new public realm.

The application, lodged by the centre’s Scottish owners Ambassador Group back in March, followed extensive consultation including two public exhibitions.

Chris Richardson, the managing director of Ambassador Investments, said at the time of the application: “Throughout the consultation we have been encouraged by the hugely positive reaction to our plans. There is a real understanding that the centre needs to change and our vision that maximises the centre’s unique waterfront location and fully embraces sustainability best practice has resonated strongly with those we have met.

“Ocean Terminal plays a key part of Leith’s current regeneration, and the submission of the detailed planning application brings us another step closer to creating a destination for shopping, relaxing, working and living that meets the needs of local people.

“The proposed redevelopment will happen carefully in distinct phases to ensure a smooth realisation of the vision. That includes a focus on continuity and consistency for existing tenants and other users of Ocean Terminal, while plans are put in place. Ocean Terminal has a very exciting future.”

Plans for phase two include the construction of a mixed-use development comprising a range of housing, commercial units and public realm with a new walkway and cycle tracks along the waterline.

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