Leith Docks, Edinburgh
The redevelopment of the Port of Leith will be the biggest single change to Edinburgh since the 19th century. Smeeden Foreman undertook studies across Edinburgh, including the rural hinterland and the Firth of Forth. We produced the townscape and visual amenity chapters for the Environmental Statement.
Much of our work was directed to determining the capacity of the site to accommodate large scale development, including proposals for tower blocks, without adversely impacting on their existing landscape setting. A key factor was the relationship of the development to Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site and Leith Conservation Area. The relationship of the man made with the coastal location and volcanic outcrops was explored. Calibrated photomontages were produced to show the impacts from the selected viewpoints.