7N Architects recently unveiled their masterplan designs for the 8.5-acre Fountainbridge mixed-use development in Edinburgh. Located next to a historic canal on the site of a former industrial zone, Fountainbridge currently marks one of the largest proposed developments in the Scottish city. The mixed-use area will also introduce public space amenities such as improved access to the canal as well as paths for both pedestrian and cycle use.
Formerly the home of the North British Rubber Company as well as the Scottish and Newcastle Brewery, the site for Fountainbridge has long been an important industrial and employment center. Today, the site is strategically located to the west of the city on the historic Union Canal and near a vibrant business district known as The Exchange. Together with the City of Edinburgh and their development company EDI Group, 7N Architects gave the local community a central role in the design process and crafted a masterplan modeled after local residents’ feedback and aspirations.
The Fountainbridge mixed-use masterplan includes 350 homes, a variety of workspaces, a 130-room hotel, canal side retail and cafe space, as well as two arts buildings. To celebrate access to the canal, many of the public spaces will be oriented towards the waterfront and a pedestrian and cycle trail will run adjacent. Fountainbridge is also surrounded by easily accessible public transport options and is less than a ten-minute walk from the Haymarket Station and soon-to-open tram link to Edinburgh Airport.
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