In Pictures: Ocean Terminal plans outlined ahead of public exhibition
Ambassador Group is showcasing new details of its vision to transform Ocean Terminal and open up the Leith waterfront ahead of a second public exhibition this week.
Held both online and in-person with the design team at the centre on December 9, the public exhibition will continue to be available for visitors to drop in during centre opening hours for the rest of the month to review the redevelopment plans and share their views.
Attendees will have the opportunity to understand how community feedback has been incorporated into the plans for the development of the centre and surrounding waterfront. In particular, the new layout and bold design will open up views, including new aspects on to Royal Yacht Britannia, providing waterfront seating areas and creating an unobstructed promenade along the water’s edge.
The mixed-use offering, made possible by the demolition of the existing east-end car park, will combine essential retail with tourism, leisure, workspace for small businesses and residential accommodation.
The aim is to shape dynamic ways for the community and visitors alike to continue to enjoy the shopping, leisure and community amenities they currently value at Ocean Terminal, while also providing active public realm spaces as part of a visually dramatic destination.
Sustainability is key to the development and has been placed at the heart of the design to ensure the project is in line with the City of Edinburgh Council’s net-zero targets for 2030. This ties in strongly to connectivity, whereby creating an effective design for the new Ocean Terminal will meet the needs of the 20-minute neighbourhood. Accessibility to buses, trams and cycle paths in the area will also strengthen the proposed physical access around the wider development, enhanced public realm and the waterfront.
Chris Richardson, managing director at Ambassador Investments, said: “We have said from the beginning we want to work closely with the local community and stakeholders, to make sure that together we create a sustainable and attractive waterfront experience for the people of Leith and Edinburgh, that introduces more interaction with the space than it’s ever experienced before.
“This is an exciting new chapter for Ocean Terminal as we embark upon significant change that will future proof its place on the waterfront. Through the diverse retail, tourism, leisure and wellbeing offering it will become the place to be.”