The India Quay project is a key initiative by the City of Edinburgh Council and their development company EDI to develop a pivotal, 11.5 acre site at Fountainbridge on the Union Canal.
Fountainbridge, former home to the North British Rubber Company, and more recently Fountain Brewery, has a rich history as a site of city centre employment and industry. As the city has changed around it, it is now adjacent to Edinburgh's business and conference district as well as established residential neighbourhoods. The India Quay development presents an opportunity to create a successful, mixed-use quarter of Edinburgh, celebrating access to the canal, as well as creating more city centre homes, places to work and places for culture and enjoyment.
The first phase of development at India Quay comprises residential-led mixed use plots which will deliver a total of 434 new homes. The development includes Build to Rent homes, which are professionally managed and specifically designed for the private rental market, with tenure blind affordable homes which will be delivered for a registered social landlord. At ground level, a new active frontage of cafes, restaurants and retail units will be created to address the Union Canal and Dundee Street.
Public realm and landscaping designs have been developed from 7N's consented masterplan, which received Planning Permission in Principle in 2014, for the western portion of the site and areas adjacent to the Union Canal. The detailed proposals retain the key themes and principles which were developed with the local community and key stakeholders at public consultation workshops in the autumn of 2013.