Fountainbridge Masterplanning Workshop 3 Final Report

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Fountainbridge Masterplanning Workshop 3 - Report 5th November 2013

Workshop 3 - 103 people attended

EDI Group Ltd, on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, have hosted a series of Masterplanning and Placemaking Workshops during September and November 2013 to develop plans for the future of the council owned site in Fountainbridge with the local community and other stakeholders These workshops are a commitment by the EDI Group, and their masterplanners, 7N Architects, to work with the community and stakeholders to develop proposals for Fountainbridge that represent collective aspirations for the site. This report summarises the content and outcomes of the third workshop, held on Saturday 2nd November 2013, where an outline development strategy and masterplan options for the site were presented and reviewed with the community. These design proposals were based on community opinion, feedback and agreed key principles gathered during the first two workshops. The general response from the community to the strategy and proposals was extremely positive and supportive and gives EDI and their team a firm foundation on which to develop a masterplan that will help to deliver the best possible place for the local community and the City of Edinburgh.

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Workshops Summary


A review of the Fountainbridge Masterplanning and Placemaking Workshops and the engagement process which developed the masterplan

Workshop 1

Workshop 1 - Working Principles

Waterspace Inclusive community Pedestrian and cycle priority Integrated workspace Heritage Strengthened community Citywide walking and cycling links Flexible urban homes Canalside Sustainable living

Workshop 1 was all about visioning; creating a collective picture of the kind of place that Fountainbridge should be. This was encapsulated in the agreed key principles opposite, to inform and measure the developing masterplan, and the collage of images from the “Cool Wall” exercise to paint a visual impression of everyone’s aspirations for the site. ⚪⚪

Waterspace is an important aspect of development at Fountainbridge, and every effort should be made to increase, improve and enhance meaningful and useful waterspace within the development.


Residential accommodation should be provided in a mix of types, sizes and tenures for a family friendly and inclusive community.


Fountainbridge should be a pedestrian and cycle priority place, with limited access for cars and service vehicles.


Places to work should be an integral part of the development with small offices for small businesses and adaptable places for living and working.


There should be greater pedestrian and cycle permeability that is open and encourages walking through the site to the surrounding neighbourhoods, linking Fountainbridge with the wider city.


Fountainbridge should respond to its history and heritage.


Fountainbridge should be integrated with its social and physical context and existing communities should be strengthened with a significant level of residential accommodation.


Residential development should take a fresh look at the design of urban homes, looking at innovative ways of providing outdoor space, public and private thresholds and inclusive design, to create homes that are flexible and adaptable for years to come.


Fountainbridge should make the most of its greatest asset, the canal. Public spaces should be focused along the canal edge, creating a desirable place to live and spend time in.


Fountainbridge should be a sustainable place to live and work in. It should be possible to make ethical decisions about energy, waste and transport to reduce our impact on the environment.

Workshop 2

Connectivity Group Diagram

Temporary Uses Ideas Wall

Sustainability Interactive sessionj

Waterspace Interactive session

Liveable Neighbourhoods Interactive Session

Workshop 2 - Getting the Right Pieces

Workshop 2 explored the key elements to make the place. To use the analogy of a jigsaw puzzle, Workshop 1 defined what the big picture on the outside of the box looked like and Workshop 2 helped to make sure that the right pieces were there to create it. Topics discussed included: ⚪⚪ Waterspace ⚪⚪ What makes and Liveable Neighbourhood? ⚪⚪ Connectivity ⚪⚪ Heritage ⚪⚪ Temporary Uses

making the city fun for all age groups

cultural places and activities

We also held the first of two Sustainable workshops in order to focus on this particular aspect of the masterplan.

a range of spaces to work mix and diversity of homes high quality public realm 9

Workshop 2 Feedback Summary


Liveable Neighbourhoods

What does waterspace mean to you?

What ideas do you like for Fountainbridge?

What makes a liveable neighbourhood?

How should the masterplan shape interaction with water?

How can we best achieve the things that we have just spoken about in Fountainbridge?

What neighbourhoods in Edinburgh do you particularly like and why?

⚪⚪ Make water a fun attraction which draws people of all ages ⚪⚪ Enhance the canal as an active functional operational and recreational waterspace ⚪⚪ Make waterspace an everyday destination and a location for culture and leisure activities ⚪⚪ Colonise waterspace with activity by providing high quality spaces and amenity ⚪⚪ Improve connectivity across the canal ⚪⚪ A calm green wildlife corridor where you can come and relax

⚪⚪ Create and use waterspace to enhance the site, connect to its fringes and draw people in to it ⚪⚪ Waterspace should be inclusive of people of diverse ages and needs and encourage a range of activities ⚪⚪ A widening of the canal is more desirable than a new basin ⚪⚪ We need to let people know that the canal is there ⚪⚪ Amenities need to be provided around waterspace to allow people to stay and enjoy their time

What makes a good city neighbourhood and how can we create this at Fountainbridge? ⚪⚪ A good mix of uses with a diverse range of local amenities that help grow a vibrant community ⚪⚪ High quality public realm with active ground floor uses around key spaces ⚪⚪ A diversity of flexible mixed tenure homes with good proportion of affordable homes ⚪⚪ Spaces and incentives for local and small businesses

⚪⚪ Water features should be sustainable

⚪⚪ No to single-use large scale office development

⚪⚪ Canal specific research is needed

⚪⚪ A place for culture ⚪⚪ Interesting buildings that don’t look corporate


⚪⚪ Pedestrian and cycle permeability


Movement & Connectivity


The story of Fountainbridge - As Fountainbridge embarks on its next chapter, how do we celebrate its story?

Mapping our experiences of movement in and around Fountainbridge

What is sustainability to you?

⚪⚪ Keep history of Fountainbridge visible through symbols and signage and retained buildings

⚪⚪ Edinburgh Quay is perceived very negatively and people would like to see improvements to the public realm and interventions which would improve the area and announce the presence of the canal.

What is your vision for a sustainable Fountainbridge? ⚪⚪ A ‘future proof’ exemplar of sustainable urban development ⚪⚪ Holistic integrated and balanced approach to sustainable living and community

⚪⚪ Refer to the brewing history of Fountainbridge through festivals and facilities such as a “Barge Beer festival”, a ““specialised ale bar” or a “possible Octoberfest type festival”

⚪⚪ Enhance cycle ways and connections between the site and other areas (ie. Haymarket, Napier University, Tollcross)

⚪⚪ Make the interpretation of heritage “central to design of redevelopment”.

⚪⚪ Make more of and enhance Gilmore Place. Retain limited-access to vehicles.

⚪⚪ Incentivise to join sustainability schemes

⚪⚪ Engage community in learning about heritage in Fountainbridge

⚪⚪ Create permeability and connectivity between the canal and Fountainbridge road

Temporary Uses

⚪⚪ Viewforth bridge is narrow with poor visibility and dangerous to pedestrians. A footbridge adjacent to it would be desirable.

What do you think would work and where might it go?

⚪⚪ Express the diverse cultures of the area through history

⚪⚪ Facilitate, educate and make sustainability easier in the everyday

⚪⚪ Regular Farmer’s and other markets ⚪⚪ Play area ⚪⚪ Allotments ⚪⚪ Parking


Workshop 3 - Developing Proposals

During Workshop 3, EDI and 7N Architects presented sketch proposals to the community. These proposals were developed from the output of the previous two workshops to explore how everything might come together in a spatial strategy and plan for the site. An exhibition of the material gave everyone a chance for informal discussion and review, followed by table based exercises to facilitate room wide discussion and written feedback.


Workshop 3

Workshop 3 - Developing Proposals

During this process, EDI have worked with local schools and Built Environment students at Heriot-Watt University. The resulting work was exhibited during Workshop 3 and a prizegiving ceremony took place to acknowledge their contribution to the project.

Sustainably Developing Edinburgh With thanks to Rayan, Iona & Katherine, Campbell & Thomas, Ben and teacher Sean Stitt from Bruntsfield Primary School

With thanks to staff and students at Heriot-Watt University


The Proposals


Sketch proposals presented to the community during Workshop 3 on Saturday 2nd November


There have been a wide range of masterplan proposals for Fountainbridge in recent years but none have been delivered. Challenging economic circumstances now present an opportunity to take a fresh look at the approach to developing the site. The City of Edinburgh Council now own the site and wish to consider how it might best be developed for the long term wellbeing of the area and the City of Edinburgh. The following pages illustrate a spatial approach and placemaking strategy that has been developed in collaboration with the local community over the series of masterplanning workshops. Following the endorsement from the community at the conclusion of these workshops these outline proposals and approach will form the basis of ongoing development of the masterplan.


Strategy A placemaking approach to development

People make places Good places attract people People attract more people This makes sustainable development


Strategy A framework for placemaking

Workshop 3

Key ingredients to create a vibrant, liveable, neighbourhood at Fountainbridge ....

mixed use and variety for daily life, places to shop, work, stay, learn and play

public spaces where people want to be

culture at the heart of placemaking

intimate spaces for city living, family housing, safe streets and a range of tenures

familiar Edinburgh typologies


Strategy Mixed uses make a vibrant place

Buildings designed to accommodate a range of uses combined with policies that encourages small businesses and enterprise means complementary uses can grow organically and give character and life to a neighbourhood.


Larger floorplate buildings can be embedded into the urban fabric, so that they contribute positively to the neighbourhood without compromising the quality of public spaces.



Strategy Creating public spaces that encourage people to spend time in a place to live

a place to learn

a place to meet people and enjoy your free time

a place to eat / buy your food a place to stay

a place to promote art and culture a place to work

Commercial / retail space

water channel to Dundee Street

stepped edge to canal

Residential Cultural uses Workspace Potential hotel



Strategy Family living in the city centre

Homes to allow families to continue to live in the city, to keep the centre of Edinburgh a thriving and active place following the rhythms of daily life 24

Title Strategy

An inhabited roofscape


Strategy Mix of homes and tenure

Adaptable homes for a lifetime Belonging and wellbeing A place to live








Strategy Integrated cultural activities

Canalside Filmhouse New purpose built cinema and arts venue in the heart of the new Fountain Quay neighbourhood

Rubber Factory Creative industries in low cost, existing building


The Rubber Factory and Canalside Filmhouse

cultural uses at the heart of making a place at Fountainbridge will help to create somewhere that people will want to visit and spend time in, helping to sustain it’s identity and local businesses

The Rubber Factory and Canalside Filmhouse


Strategy Waterspace options and benefits Option 1 - Stepped canal edge and inlets During the Workshop, EDI and 7N presented two options to the community. These options consisted of the same strategic approach to the site but differed in their approach to the provision of waterspace which was highlighted as a key issue in Workshop 1. Option 1 focused on the wider benefits of water, for visual amenity, wellbeing and enjoyment. It proposed a stepped edge to the canal along part of its frontage to encourage people to sit and enjoy the canal, and make it easier for small boats such as kayaks to access the water. It also proposed a shallow inlet of water, that runs all the way to Dundee Street. It would cascade in places and form part of a sustainable urban drainage (SUDS) strategy, creating a link between street and canal. Drawing water through the site in this way responds to the desire to give Fountainbridge a character that is unique in Edinburgh and signals the presence of the canal to those on Dundee Street.


Option 2 - Canal widened for more moorings Option 2 focused on the provision of increased operational waterspace, particularly additional space to moor boats. This would be provided by a set-back to the canal, effectively moving the canal wall back along its frontage to allow space for another row of canal boat moorings. In addition to this, opportunities for integrating water into the public realm of primary public spaces would be explored along Gilmore Place and through to Dundee Street, such as narrow channels and rain gardens. The community have expressed the desire for urban spaces to be playful and enjoyable for all ages and well designed water features would enhance the urban environment and signal the presence of the canal.


Response and Feedback


A review of the feedback and comments received on the outline masterplan proposals during Workshop 3


Workshop 3 was a demonstration of how passionately the community feel that Fountainbridge is Edinburgh’s chance to get development right. It also highlighted their commitment to get involved and help so that the project is a collaborative effort. The overwhelming feeling pervading the workshop was a strong levele of endorsement for the proposals and a buzz of excitement about the opportunity to create a new fantastic place for the community and for Edinburgh. Looking forward, a key issue which arose throughout the day, was about delivery and the challenges for the City of Edinburgh to deliver the kind of place illustrated in the proposals. For Fountainbridge to be the kind of exemplary place that everyone feels it has the potential to be, an ongoing collaborative effort will be required, involving all stakeholders, combined with political support, creative thinking, innovative approaches to development and a long term commitment to making it a success.


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Big Picture Comments

Everyone was asked for overall comments on the proposals, and this summarises the general consensus of what people said:

This is a very refreshing approach. I think that this masterplan is a huge opportunity to be something special for Edinburgh as a city, as well as for the local community. It is gratifying to see that people have been listening, and that this plan reflects what we originally wanted for the site. It is very important for EDI and the city to seek the right development partners to ensure that the vision encapsulated here is maintained and delivered. The colour and approach is inspiring and we are excited by what we’ve seen here today.


Workshop 3 Feedback Summary

Waterspace ⚪⚪ Comments in favour of Option 1 outweighed those in favour of Option 2. This was generally because the steps and inlet were viewed as more beneficial for a wider range of users. ⚪⚪ There was a desire to combine some of the features of both so that water is a part of a number of street spaces, in the form of the shallow inlet, channels, and features. ⚪⚪ The general view was that water should promote a wide range of activity, from sitting and watching, through paddling and play to kayaking and boating. ⚪⚪ Spaces adjacent to the canal should be designed to feel safe and usable at all times of day and throughout the year. ⚪⚪ There is the opportunity to use water to introduce softer green spaces throughout the masterplan.


Movement ⚪⚪ There was a positive response to having primarily pedestrian priority spaces throughout the masterplan, that cyclists can share. ⚪⚪ These spaces should be designed to encourage people to be considerate to other users without being overly prescriptive. ⚪⚪ There is an opportunity to create pedestrian and cycle paths and links to connect with wider area. ⚪⚪ There is clear support for improvements to safety on Viewforth Bridge by creating a pedestrian priority environment ⚪⚪ There is opportunity to promote environmentally conscious travel, such as an Edinburgh cycle scheme (ie. Boris bikes) and there should be ample cycle facilities.

Inclusive Community ⚪⚪ Housing should consist of a range of tenures, creating as much variety and choice as possible. Rather than a straight 25% ‘affordable’, there should be a spectrum of affordability levels and a mix throughout the plan. ⚪⚪ There should be community space, activities and facilities such as market space, green spaces and places for arts and culture. ⚪⚪ Homes for the elderly should be considered, so that people of all ages can live here and not feel that they have to move away as circumstances change. ⚪⚪ There is an overriding desire to create residential accommodation that promotes financial and emotional investment in the area by the people who live there, therefore creating a neighbourhood where there is common interest in its long term wellbeing.

Mixed Use ⚪⚪ A mix of uses was seen as an extremely positive part of the masterplan. A range of uses including retail, cultural and workspace are seen as essential to creating the vibrancy that everyone wishes for the canal side. ⚪⚪ The mix of uses should however be complementary to the overall quality of the urban environment, to create a place that people want to live or spend time in. ⚪⚪ There was a positive response to creating workspace in the masterplan and an acknowledgement that living and working side by side is part of city life. ⚪⚪ There is a desire to be creative with workspace provision, to encourage small businesses, creative industries and other complementary uses to flourish.

Heritage ⚪⚪ The community would like to see the heritage of Fountainbridge remembered and physically expressed. The creative re-use of the North British Rubber Company building is one positive example. Another is the opportunity to site the Fountainbridge clock centrally in the primary public space. ⚪⚪ Any change to the canal wall will require collaboration with Historic Scotland. The community are keen to see that these conversations are moved forward to set the parameters for what can be done.

Sustainable Living ⚪⚪ There is an overall desire for a flexible and varied neighbourhood of quality character and human scale. ⚪⚪ In response to the plans shown, people have suggested that there is opportunity for more trees and green soft space. There is a desire for growing space for local food and inhabitation of roof space was seen as a key way to provide these kinds of spaces. ⚪⚪ There was a positive response to a sustainable attitude to transport that aims to minimise car use and encourage active use of and movement through spaces. ⚪⚪ There is a desire to be conscious of natural habitat for wildlife wherever possible. ⚪⚪ It is necessary to ensure that microclimate is right, that spaces and homes get enough light and shelter from wind. ⚪⚪ Long-term sustainable cradle to grave principles should guide development.


Workshop Feedback Waterspace

“Plans incorporate most of w hat FCI were working for ”

Use of the canal for a variety of activities Use of canal: rowing, paddling (lower water), ice skating in the winter. Not just canal boats.

Create a combination of street water features from both options Integrate water features to both east and west sides to drip feed people to the canal

Canoe store


Must make the most of the focus on the use of the canal.

Use the 6m drop to make the water inlet even more interesting!

Operational waterspace; slip ways for other kinds of boats; rills difficult to maintain.

Can we create flowing water, waterfalls, for noise. Is there any/enough of this?

If it is a place to come to – will increase boat traffic – where will embark/disembark happen?

Need an iconic entrance with water feature on Fountainbridge side (In reference to square on Dundee Street btw office building and Lochrin Sq).

Must make the most of the focus on the use of the canal. Variety of canal uses to be accommodated – boats, canoes, paddlers etc.

Accessible and softened canalside Balance between public space and waterspace Access to the canal from Gibson Terrace (west end) Canalside: keep spaces as wide as possible low buildings + plenty of light. Decking rather than hard surfaces (along towpath/canalside). 38

Easy boat access through Leamington Bridge – Currently Scottish Canals limits it. Zip wire; Boat dodgems; Japanese garden; Water; Build-outs every so often so that the boats on the north side don’t completely cut off the canal for pedestrians.

Like the water features + the green trees

Feature at Fountainbridge place How is this space animated? (in reference to square on Dundee Street between office building and Lochrin Sq) Create safe public space useable all year round and in all weathers Why do all these spaces only work in the summer? Lighting on the canal front to create safe environment. It is not always sunny – provide for all weathers.

Workshop Feedback Workspace

City industries that sit alongside residential uses. office building)

“Don’t be afraid of


Rubber Building: Very important for heritage + new development of local workplace Office building: light industrial – skills kept Workspace is very important. locally Affordable workspace for small to medium enterprise

Heritage and work - the reason for the canal was to create work such as the Printmakers and other production on site industries. Practicalities of access Encourage businesses that are of practical use – make the area possible to mix in without owning a car. How will deliveries be made to shops/ offices? Consider central hub with cycle cycle delivery for these or underground access?

Affordable rent workshop space in printmakers building Workspace for local creative businesses and light industries Don’t be afraid of workspace. Creative industries Creative and space for painters, handcrafts, photographers etc. Having the Printmakers next door is very welcoming to quiet industry such as graphic designers so I think it would be an attractive space for industry (Comment on

How would Wholefoods type approach, fit with smaller enterprises Outlets for affordable shopping. Shops by local people and Scottish business Affordable spaces for small scale creative business and practice Small business space Integrate workspace with heritage Integrated Workspace + Heritage Bridge near the school

Note: The headings in bold orange text summarise the key overall response. The comments below these in “italics” are direct quotes from the many post-it notes collected during the workshop. Points in boxes are those raised in discussion


Workshop Feedback Inclusive Community

Commitment to area; Self-build element (Individuals+groups eg. Baugruppe) Inclusion of working class; affordability inclusion


Affordable housing needed



Wonderful ideas voiced by 7 N”

Inclusive and affordable housing integrated with and spread among other housing types Affordable housing + pepper-potted, not bound to 25% Mixed tenure + prices. No social demarcation.

Where is the social housing in the plans? Agreed mix social community tenures needed; specifically mid rent aid/ or shared ownership... where building up density need tenants have secondary tenure so don’t move away. Different tenures and development builds. Tenements, flats, affordable housing, low incomes, housing types – detached etc. Inclusive community: How many houses? Mixed tenure + prices. No demarcation. Cradle to grave. Self-building a community desire

Needs to be a spectrum of costs not just a straight 25% Inclusive community: If want family-sized housing, will it be too expensive for many? Absolute need for larger social/rented/ affordable housing units. Tenement type housing; Example of lady living in Tollcross for 25 years who was originally incentivised to move here. Get Dunedin Canmore + 7N to create mixed housing Community space, activities and facilities such as market space, green spaces and places for arts and culture Library/ Cultural Hub building Specific venue for Community involvement, markets, meetings, events and festivals Covered spaces, walkways, outdoor spaces for one off events and markets Filmhouse would be a good fit for area – reminiscent of Southbank/RSC

Range of uses for all income brackets

Social housing should be integrated with other housing and not distinguished by cheaper building materials.

The right kind of places and homes

Inclusive: good to have some social housing

Covered market?

Self-build 40

Inclusive community: Mixed housing; gardens on roofs etc. Families in city centre; Reference to Edinburgh tenements; 100% YES - Wonderful ideas voiced by 7N!!

as well as a mix of house types/sizes.

Farmer’s Market space

Note: The headings in bold pink text summarise the key overall response. The comments below these in “italics” are direct quotes from the many post-it notes collected during the workshop. Points in boxes are those raised in discussion Opera house! (cultural building) Foodstore should operate like a covered market - very exciting - develop that idea. The Grove Community Inclusive community: Indoor community spaces. Make the place to promote arts + culture. A space where people are interacting. Don’t just go for another space where folk sit and look at things. New library? (Arrow pointing to Rubber building) Community public green spaces – not just paved. Community Space beside school. There was mention of a market space – outdoor covered market space does not exist in Edinburgh. Does a potential for this as flexible space exist within plan? Good open space; but nothing to fill it! – portable shops, markets, kids activities, festival events. Using space (square by Leamington Bridge) for markets (farmer’s market or seasonal ones) it is should such wide open pathway. Publicasspaces be accessible to all. Social + commercial uses of spaces should also reflect spectrum of higher + lower incomes

Homes for the elderly Huge demand for care homes and private nursing homes. Is there a place for this? Lifetime homes including elderly Mixed homes of varying sizes and inclusive of all types of families and people Family areas very important Great idea to have larger residences and stop people with families moving out of town – encourage them to stay. No to short term lets – there are so many in area already. Inclusive community: love the idea of a mixed size of house – especially larger family houses. Living area: partners or small family (2+1) with older children (rather than professionals) Inclusive: good to have some social housing as well as a mix of house types/sizes. Like tenement housing Inclusive community; Residential plans are excellent! Must be mixed accommodation options;

An inclusive attractive environment Inclusive – need to ensure people are attracted into the area from outside eg. with signposting, clear access, ponds etc. Variety in the layout – less blocky + square; More room for surprise! Please no grey cladding! Bright, warm colours! Varied roof form (not flat) – gable ends. Facades less varied on the right side (where the food store is placed) - can it be more varied? Inviting and safe environment for all age groups 24/7 Inclusive hotel accommodation for varying budgets Hotel not aparthotel/apartments. Hotel accommodation should also be inclusive to attract a mix of visitors. What kind of hotel? Mixture or budget/ upmarket? Concerns voiced Nightlife & student housing + schools and families – Does it work?


Workshop Feedback Movement

Pedestrian priority on streets and shared space Space for cyclists but pedestrian priority Pedestrian and cycle priority but should share the same space Control vehicles, pedestrian priority Disabled access to front doors + canal Consider monitoring cycle/pedestrian interface Cycle spaces (by where people want to go) Dublin bikes/ Boris bikes Remove barrier at Leamington Bridge If the area is kept for pedestrians and cyclist it will be much safer + better used by the local community.


Design spaces so that cyclists and pedestrians can be nice to each other. Need wider pathway – less conflict between cycles and pedestrians. City bikes - bike share hub Provide designated walking to integrate residential from main cultural centre Incorporation of designated cycle ways? Remove barriers on cycle route network Create pedestrian and cycle paths and links to connect with wider area Connect Gilmore Park to other cycling infrastructure. There needs to be a bike shop.

Spaces wide enough to safely accommodate all users (pedestrians, cyclists etc.)

Cycling – need to maintain;

Pedestrian + cycle priority: mixture of uses – careful to provide room + different kinds of access for everyone.

Cycle routes from Viewforth & Leamington

Cyclists and pedestrians can mix on the towpath – without a dedicated cycle lane the latter difficult to manage with young children, dogs etc.

Gibson terrace – access linked to underpass to Roseburn? Potential walking/cycle connection to the Meadows? (Arrow pointing from Lochrin basin to West Tolcross. Footbridge (between Lochrin basin and Leamington Bridge)? Link to Harrison Park

There is clear support for improvements to safety on Viewforth Bridge by creating a pedestrian priority environment Glad to hear the bridge will be predominantly pedestrianised – one way traffic would be acceptable with pedestrian priorities. Reduce or stop traffic on north section of Viewforth beyond bridge. Improve pedestrian access to towpath from Viewforth Listed bridge by school too narrow – New bridge? Signalise bridge? Pedestrian priority on Viewforth Edinburgh cycle scheme (ie. Boris bikes) and ample cycle facilities Scheme bike parking. Cycling: Council owned available bike scheme Community bike parking – get people connected. Cycle parking and car parking

Workshop Feedback Heritage

Where will vehicles go Re: Viewforth Bridge being pedestrianised – bad idea – where will traffic go? Yeaman Place? Use separate bridge. No lights at Dundee Street, very narrow bridge, very busy = disaster. Plus roundabout dangerous + busy as it is. How will vehicle movement work? Safe and inclusive design

Encourage active outdoor use Natural based tourism - cycling, canoeing, walking... Note: The headings in bold blue text summarise the key overall response. The comments below these in “italics” are direct quotes from the many post-it notes collected during the workshop. Points in boxes are those raised in discussion

Appreciate that cobbles are historic and quite pretty but they are uncomfortable and dangerous for cyclists. Also for prams etc. Disability access - how will it work? Natural accessibility - shouldn’t be obvious Local Studies of shared space needed Set up a project watching the Meadows shared spaces between cyclists and pedestrians

“If the a rea is k ept for ped e

strians and cyclist i t will b e much sa fer + be tter used by the loca l



Dicuss Canal Wall with Historic Scotland Discuss canal wall with Historic Scotland Place Fountainbridge Clock at the heart of the development Put clock at centre of development Some uses on site to relate to area industry and heritage Integrated Workspace + Heritage: Important to think about what city industry works beside residential. Rubber Mill: Very important for heritage + new development of local workplace Express area heritage and in the development Heritage – link into the area.

Note: The headings in bold red text summarise the key overall response. The comments below these in “italics” are direct quotes from the many post-it notes collected during the workshop. Points in boxes are those raised in discussion


Workshop Feedback Sustainable living space

A flexible and varied neighbourhood of quality character and human scale Flexibility, green roofs, colonnade? – Why Not?

Community allotments

Important buildings are on human scale and also not vast expanses of glass. Also faced with fabric that doesn’t stain, as existing buildings have.

Open up this edge – too hard against school corner. (In reference to Viewforth and Dundee street corner)

How can we ensure that any external facades do not resemble the Napier student flats? Ie. a massive eyesore? Definitely go ahead with mixed roof heights and possibly coloured fronts to make it fun and interesting to look at / be around. Colour good More trees, green soft space and growing space for local food Trees more – mobile trees? More green on Dundee Street (Silver birch); lining the stretch Food production Moveable trees (in planters) A place to grow your food and a place to buy food that you (the community) grow 44

Allotments/ public garden area

Sustainable living: market space – supermarket as a covered market; allotments growing food on site.

Too much hard landscaping here (reference to canal/towpath edge in front of cultural building) – could there be a softening of this area. Soften this corner (Viewforth bridge on south-east side) Does not have a landscape architect on board? The spaces between buildings needs one. Could this not have a green lung of Dundee Street and some relief from high buildings? (In reference to square on Dundee Street between office building and West Register scheme). Hotel deliveries, parking, garbage collections, noise – more trees to soak up noise. Food garden + sensory+play for children by the grove (arrow pointing to canalside park/garden in front of Boroughmuir HS)

Community: Public green spaces – not just paved.

Minimise car use and encourage active use of and movement through spaces How to minimise car use within the development? Could consider underground access with lifts for getting shopping, shop deliveries etc. into buildings. Add in taxi rank along Dundee Street + City Car club parking spaces. Charging station for electric cars. Community bike parking – get people connected. Green - wildlife - area of canal west of bridge Create habitat for wildlife Permaculture garden (wildrose.alba) Wildlife: Corridor along where water inlet runs Accessible wildlife garden and crop demonstrative garden within the neighbourhood by the Grove After the liveliness of the East of Viewforth area it would be good if the green space adjacent to the school and south of student flats had a less developed feel and retained something of the wild/ slightly unkept feel – good for wildlife.

Ensure there is enough light throughout the development as well as shelter from wind Question?: What sun/shade would these be along the canalside cycle/walk ways?

Longterm sustainable cradle to grave principles Cradle to grave. Waste management important

Query about choice - could you opt out? How does incentivisation work? Where would the heat come from? Can we create flow? Worry about fish (with canal water heat recovery) Canal is lined with clay - can you use that? Desire to involve wider area. Concern about adjacent landowners - involve local Councillors?

How will light get in here? Dark spaces attract crime. How tall are these residential homes? Risk of shading backs and frontage to some residential areas. Wouldn’t want the buildings too high – daunting +dark Canyon? Height of buildings (alongside hotel) – noise!! Heights? Hotel, supermarket, arts centre? Water’s edge buildings in too much of a straight line – visual breaks (and wind breaks) needed. Beware wind tunnel effect (for boats and people)

Variety of green and inhabited roofs Green roofspace good Green roofs Love the elevation of green spaces

District Heating Queries and Comments

“A plac e to grow fo od and a place to buy the food th at you


Note: The headings in bold green text summarise the key overall response. The comments below these in “italics” are direct quotes from the many post-it notes collected during the workshop. Points in boxes are those raised in discussion


Workshop Feedback Waterspace Options Appraisal Comments in favour of resources being spent on canal steps and water features throughout the site were predominant

- For Option 1 - steps and canal inlet: Option 1 better as it draws water through the site Option 1 Water into site – tick; Stepped access to water preferred over moorings We like the water inlets Can we also have water features on the east diagonal street? Steps all the way at canalside – in front of Fountain Quay too Like engagement with water’s edge; if the water area is expanded, the bank area also needs to be maintained to avoid user conflict; Water permeating development is highly desirable. If cultural use (pink corner building) would it make sense to continue the steps along for sitting? Water inlet – small section for dangling feet. But not right through the site. I would prefer the other inlet to be grass + trees for picnicking. Can we include west water feature to Option 1


Option 1 better – more room for pedestrians Steps down not widen canal

- Combination of street water features from both options: In option 2 it (note: water feature) looks better composed with offices and relaxing area than in option 1 – between living area (young children, dump, litter thrown in). More steps, no need to widen canal. Not as interesting design without west water feature. Please include the narrow water feature in option 2 in option 1. Maximise water features as far as possible. Keep it at current width to save space for walkers and cyclists; Water space option 2 around offices, cultural and relax area – well composed, lovely for offices and hotels because different view, refreshes, creates open community; Prefer option 1’s steps down and water inlet but maybe part widening waterspace? We prefer the water option in Option 1 but think having the water to break up the space as in option 2 is nice too.

- Against canal widening: Does extra 8 moorings justify cost? X (no) to boat parking and mooring.

Widening doesn’t gain you much Understand desire for increased boat mooring but Option 2 only allows for 7-8 more moorings, no more than 10% extra. Is there a need to widen the canal? Canal edge: like width to be maintained for cycle use; Option 2 – x (cross), not needed for more moorings (not many anyway) and you lose pedestrian space. Operational water space - Demand for land activities is surely higher - How many people do you know use the water/ have access to canal boats etc?

Concern if widening about enough width for pedestrians and cyclists More steps, no need to widen canal. Keep it at current width to save space for walkers and cyclists; Option 1 better – more room for pedestrians Steps down not widen canal

A lesser number of community members were in favour of resources being spent on canal widening for operational waterspace

- For canal widening: Active operational space x3 Demand for more moorings I like widened canal for moorings Option 2 preferred option with widening the canal. More commitment to other waterspace/features. Mirror the chevrons (as along south-east canal edge) on the other side for boats on the canal; Slip-ways for small boats – activity on the water.

Preference for widening Welcome the idea of the widened canal to allow increased use of canal; Could chevron style moorings be developed on the north side of the canal?; We like widened canal side.

Neither have a basin - least you can do is enlarge waterspace Note: The headings in bold blue text summarise the key overall response. The comments below these in “italics” are direct quotes from the many post-it notes collected during the workshop. Points in boxes are those raised in discussion


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