Ruling the waves atLeith's Ocean Terminal
hmy Britannia is to be berthed at Leith alongside an Ocean Terminal project designed by Terence Conran's cd Partnership for Forth Ports.
The Ministry of Defence last week announced that it had chosen the site - perhaps as a sop to the area after it lost the proposed parliament building - after a head-to-head fight against a proposed berth linked to Chapman Taylor's Trafford Park near Manchester. A hush-hush last-minute London proposal died a quiet death, and other cities hopeful of securing the regenerative prize included Portsmouth and Glasgow.
The 60,000m2 Ocean Terminal development at Leith will include docking facilities for passenger ships, space for retail, restaurants (one a Conran) and bars, a cinema, health club, and possibly a hotel. The hotel is envisaged as a luxury development, around 250 beds.
cd Partnership will also design a temporary £1 million visitor centre for Britannia on the south-western quay of Western Harbour, next to the £70 million Ocean Terminal site. Inside will be a major exhibition on the ship's history - designed by a specialist chosen from three shortlisted by cd Partnership - as well as ticketing facilities, a shop and cafe.
The steel-framed rectangular pavilion will be clad in terracotta interlocking tiles with metal-frame glazing. A free-standing cafe will feature a raised drum of painted plywood riveted to a steel frame, while dry assembly will be used to allow the building to be moved more easily in the future.