Edinburgh Marina developer saves historic listed building

Michael Lloyd

February 16, 2018

The developer behind the new Edinburgh Marina has confirmed its commitment to protect and refurbish the historic Gunpowder Store at Gunpowder Store.

The 170 years old Gunpowder Store is listed on Scotland’s Buildings at Risk Register and is currently undergoing redevelopment as part of the developer’s wider vision for this unique £500 million waterside quarter.

It forms an important element of the comprehensive Edinburgh Marina development plans and work has now commenced on the refurbishment.

Originally one of four identical, symmetrically placed buildings, the Gunpowder Store is the only structure to remain on Middle Pier following its initial opening in 1842.

The entire refurbishment expected to be completed by July 2018.

As the wider redevelopment progresses, the renovated Gunpowder Store will be brought back into commercial use for the first time in many years, initially as an office and showroom for the surrounding Edinburgh Marina development.

Kevin Fawcett, developer, said: “I am delighted that we are able to play a role in saving this important historic building and to bring it back into productive use.

“The building is of significant historical importance to the local and wider community and has been allowed to deteriorate for decades; its renovation is long overdue.

“Once the various Edinburgh Marina developments at Granton are complete our ambition is for the building to be adopted for use by the local community.”

Edinburgh Marina will create a new destination for Scotland’s capital, bringing new life and vibrancy to a key area of Edinburgh’s coastline.

It will contain a wide range of high-end leisure and residential accommodation and facilities, including a luxury waterside 106 unit retirement living scheme, Living for Retirement, adjacent to Edinburgh’s first ever purpose-built luxury marina.

Detailed planning consent for the remaining elements are anticipated in the coming months with construction of the marina buildings and associated developments will begin in the second half of 2018.

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