Mixed Use: Granton (The Forthquarter)

The Forthquarter, West Granton Road. Extensive development land within the Granton Waterfront. 40 acres (16.2 hectares) developable. Potential for residential or mixed-use development, subject to relevant consents.


In March 2018, the City of Edinburgh Council acquired the former gas works in Granton Waterfront, which substantially increased its landholdings within this priority regeneration area.

This acquisition provides an opportunity for the Council to take the lead in the regeneration and ensure a place making approach is widely adopted across the area. This will create an inclusive and sustainable approach to development, and accelerate delivery of new homes, school, medical centre, retail, services, creative and business space and enhanced public realm to provide a vibrant, well connected new city quarter.

The Forthquarter site has the potential to become one of the best places in Edinburgh to live, learn, work and visit over the next 10 - 15 years and is well positioned to respond to Edinburgh’s high demand for housing, which envisages the need for a further 3,526 households per annum until 2035.

There is a Category B listed gasholder on the site that will be repaired as part of any future development of the site. 


The views gathered from a recent public consultation will help to shape the proposed vision for Granton Waterfront and will feed in to the creation of a development framework and delivery masterplan.

The development framwork will set out strategies, principles and a vision which will guide future development in the area. By spring/summer 2019 the proposed development framework and delivery masterplan will go to the planning committe for approval as non-statutory planning guidance. 


The Forthquarter is located 2.7 miles north of the city centre, looking out over Scotland’s iconic Firth of Forth and beyond to Fife. Some 2.4 miles to the east, Leith offers an attractive historic centre populated with small businesses, cafes and bars, as well as the Ocean Terminal shopping centre and the Scottish Office headquarters. It is also the arrival point for the proposed next phase of the Edinburgh tram, with subsequent proposals to extend the line to Granton.

The location is highly accessible by road, with access west to the city bypass and the national motorway network. Lothian Buses run some eight bus routes that pass by The Forthquarter, giving access to the city centre and surrounding residential areas. The national rail network can be accessed from the city centre, or from Edinburgh Park and the new Edinburgh Gateway Station some 4 miles away to the west at South Gyle. This also provides access to the Edinburgh tram, and to Edinburgh’s International Airport.


To discover more about this exciting development opportunity and to register early interest please contact:

David Cooper, head of development, City of Edinburgh Council

E: david.cooper@edinburgh.gov.uk

T: +44 (0) 131 529 6233


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