Edinburgh’s ‘worst housing estate’ plans revealed

ImagePlans have been revealed for new housing that will replace the notorious Fort housing estate in Leith. Council officials took charge of the site today from the security firm that has overseen the site, while families moved out. The last family moved out last week. The site will be demolished later this year.

The plans involve building a series of three-storey maisonettes,which will allow the site to be more open, and less liable to crime. They have been set out by award-winning Malcolm Fraser Architects.

The flats were condemned by the council at a meeting in 2006. Around 40% of them were found to have serious damp issues. The decision to replace the flats was taken on the basis that it would cost more to renovate them to the approaching 2015 Scottish Housing standards, than to start again from scratch.

Built on the site of the historic fort designed by 18th architect James Craig to defent to Port of Leith, the Fort development has often been labelled as ‘the worst estate in Edinburgh’. It was completed in 1966, and is now seen by council officials to be past its sell-by date. In a recent survey, 80% of residents who responded said they would support the flats’ demolition.

The plans can be viewed at Leith Library until Thursday 22nd March

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