Leith Fort Housing

Shaw-Stewart, Baikie & Perry, Leith, 1966


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View from North west showing all three types of housing 

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  • View from North west showing all three types of housing    
  • Upper part of grampian house    
  • The two tower blocks    
  • View towards the river from the centre of the site    
  • View from lindsay road on the north east corner of the site    
  • View along access road to the south    
  • Gate of the old fort with housing behind    
  • Passage between two blocks of housing    
  • View from across the river forth    
  • Site plan    
  • Seven story housing ground floor plan    
  • Seven story housing first floor plan    
  • Tower block access level plan    
  • Tower block podium level plan    
  • Two storey housing plan    
  • Lower floor of typical maisonette plan    
  • Upper floor of typical maisonette plan    

Housing scheme in Edinburgh comprising of several high-rise blocks looking over the Firth of Forth

In total there are a total of 357 houses in twenty five house-types built inside and retaining the guard houses and walls of an 18th century building by James Craig.

The scheme comprises of one and two storey courtyard houses, two seven-storey and two 21-storey buildings with a podium building between.

The open area at the south end of the site is occupied by the seven-storey buildings. These provide a link in scale with the surrounding tenements.

On the ground floor of the twenty-one storey buildings are shops, a water-pumping room, switch-rooms, an electrical sub-station and garages. On the first floor, at podium level, are the lift waiting halls and launderettes.

The 19 storeys of houses are made up of interlocking three-storey units with four flats at the middle access level, and access to two marionettes above and two below.

The high-rise buildings were constructed insitu in concrete with precast concrete cladding applied without the use of scaffolding.


  • Completed: 1966
  • Sector: Residential
  • Address: Leith Fort, North Fort Street, Leith, EH6 4AY, United Kingdom

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