Powerbrokers behind the £500 million redevelopment of Edinburgh waterfront have confirmed Llewelyn-Davies as masterplanner of the next stage of the 63ha mixed-use scheme, after initial work for the site by edaw and czwg (AJ 24.6.99).
Scotland's biggest regeneration project will see the architect masterplan an eight-mile strip of derelict land in Granton beside the Firth of Forth. The 15-year project will include shops, offices and housing for 7000 people. There will be around 3700 owned and rented homes and the architect is considering planting a forest of 380,000 trees.
Llewelyn-Davies said it would work out how much land will be carved up for office, retail and leisure space. Its fee is worth £124,000. One of the architects, Andrew Bayne, said it would open a project office in Edinburgh and aim to produce a draft masterplan by the end of the year.
The clients, Edinburgh council, Scottish Homes and Lothian and Edinburgh Enterprise, may run competitions for designs on individual land-plots. These would be launched from spring 2000, possibly as international competitions.
edaw and czwg did a preliminary study last year for the clients. It looked at roads, building heights and strategy. czwg's Piers Gough said he was disappointed but not bitter at missing out on the next stage. 'We can't complain about people under-bidding us. They thought it required less work than we did ... masterplans are much harder in terms of assessing costs.'