ADP Granton Station C01

- Workplace

Granton Station Refurbishment: A sustainable step forward for Scotland

— CLIENT
Kier

— SECTOR
Workplace

— SERVICES
Architecture
Landscape Design

— VALUE
£4.7m

— LEAD CONTACTS
Graeme Feechan
Claire Hunt

Challenge

The Granton Waterfront is one of Scotland’s key sustainable developments and a fundamental part of Edinburgh’s target to become a net zero city by 2030.

On this site sits the listed Granton Gasworks Station building, which has stood vacant for several years having operated as a station until the 1940s. Our challenge was to transform this historic building into a modern, sustainable and adaptable space for local businesses to thrive.

Approach + Solution

Our sensitive redevelopment of the station building will provide users with around 6,000sqft of flexible office space over two floors. A new entrance, feature stair and lift ensure safe and intuitive access for the local community. We also undertook fabric repairs, and upgraded the thermal performance, heating, lighting and natural ventilation to further improve the internal environment.

 

Outside the building, our landscape team designed an engaging new space that is sensitive to the station building’s historic context.

The nearby old railway lines are brought back to life with a new purpose as above ground rainwater channels to deliver surface water to two rain gardens. Our selected planting for the rain gardens provide a food source for bees, birds and insects, as well as pops of colour to create a lively and welcoming outdoor space.

“The City of Edinburgh Council has recently approved a Vision for Water Management, and the proposal for Granton Station Square was the first public realm project to incorporate this guidance. Claire welcomed the opportunity to adopt a ‘landscape first’ approach to incorporate the aims of the Vision document, and has achieved a creative, sympathetic design which enhances the listed building with a subtle nod to the industrial heritage of the area.

– LINDA HAMILTON, PRINCIPAL PLANNER AT CITY OF EDINBURGH COUNCIL