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Foster moves in with British Gas masterplan in Edinburgh

Foster and Partners has submitted a planning application to masterplan a large tract of British Gas Properties-owned land in Edinburgh. The mixed-use scheme for the former gasworks part of the Granton area will slot into the middle of a wider £500 million waterfront masterplan which has been prepared by Llewelyn-Davies.

Andrew Russell, the new chief executive of the Edinburgh Waterfront company masterminding the wider 15-year regeneration of the area, said last week that the British Gas 'sub-masterplan' element will take around 40 per cent of the total 176ha site. 'If you look at them they appear very different, but the land uses are compatible, ' he said.

Foster's proposals include 2000 homes, 75,000m 2of business space, a new local centre with 10,500m 2ofmixed retail, commercial and restaurant and bar facilities, 30,000m 2of education use, 8ha of public open space, and transport interchanges.

The wider Llewelyn-Davies plans - to create 5000 homes, large tracts of offices, industrial accommodation and open spaces - figure as Scotland's largest regeneration project and cover a 13km strip along the Firth of Forth. They also include plans for a new marina, promenade, restored beach, two primary schools, a new university site, 5000-seat ice-rink and retail.

Russell, a chartered surveyor and director of property company Chesterton who has advised government on industry and major redevelopment projects, was appointed chief executive of Edinburgh Waterfront last month. The company is a joint venture established by Edinburgh City Council in order to take control of making the waterfront a 'world class location' and 'new vibrant city quarter'.

Llewelyn-Davies's Andrew Bayne said his practice's masterplan is in consultation and will form supplementary planning guidance.

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