Brings a placemaking approach to creating a vibrant, liveable, canalside neighbourhood which is embedded in the heart of Edinburgh.

India Quay will be defined by the quality of the streets and spaces from the buzz of the canalside promenade to the relative calm of the central residential streets. These spaces will be characterised by high quality paving and landscaping and will be predominantly car free with priority for pedestrians and cyclists as all parking will be below ground.

The master plan contains 63,829 sqm of mixed use development comprising 434 units of mixed tenure housing, office space, a hotel, retail space, restaurants/cafés all within a pedestrian priority public realm. In addition the historic listed Castle Mills building will be retained and developed by Edinburgh Printmakers into an art centre with studio and exhibition space. A district heating scheme will be pursued. For more information visit the India Quay web site.

In the meantime EDI have been supporting a number of local community groups to deliver temporary activities until the main development starts on site. Visit the meanwhile in Fountainbridge web site for more information.


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EDI releases latest economic impact and job figures for India Quay development alongside new CGI images

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The developer of a major regeneration project in the heart of Edinburgh has revealed its new India Quay development could boost the local economy by more than £30m over the next three years. The figures released today by The EDI Group Ltd, alongside a set of new CGI visuals of the scheme, highlight the economic impact of building its India Quay development at the former McEwan’s brewery site in Fountainbridge.

The first phase of the £200m development which has now been submitted for detailed planning consent, will transform the under-used site into a modern mixed-use neighbourhood of canal side apartments, shops and businesses.  EDI’s masterplan will deliver the largest build-to-rent scheme in Scotland to date and includes 434 mixed tenure homes and apartments, alongside a hotel, as well as cultural, office and retail spaces with a selection of cafes and restaurants on offer.

The first phase of the development will create 250 jobs in Fountainbridge, rising to 1,250 when the whole site has been developed. The first phase will also generate 140 construction jobs. When completed, India Quay will contribute more than £30m to the Edinburgh economy.

Councillor Gavin Barrie, Chair at The EDI Group Ltd, said: “These latest economic impact figures highlight how important India Quay will be for growth, investment and job opportunities in the city, especially in the creative and cultural industries and in the retail, tourism and hospitality sectors. “Bringing an under-used site back into community use will also deliver innovative living opportunities for local residents and workers at a time of need. India Quay will be a quality addition to the Edinburgh’s iconic built environment and create a vibrant destination to attract additional visitors to the capital.”

Working with Edinburgh-based 7N Architects, EDI’s detailed residential plans include a range of one, two and three bedroom hi-spec apartments as well as 112 affordable homes. The three bedroom homes will be built in the traditional colony style, a favourite of the Edinburgh family market.  All of the homes will be professionally managed in a single ownership build-to-rent model and will be aimed at the entire market, from young professionals to families and downsizers, providing high quality living and communal spaces, gardens and services.

Lynn Smith, Head of Development at The EDI Group, said: “With more graduates and city workers looking for flexible city living opportunities in light of mortgages being tightened after Brexit, the build-to-rent model is a positive solution and India Quay will cater for this need.  “We feel Edinburgh offers the most exciting opportunities for this market in the UK. The site’s close proximity to Haymarket Station and the expanding Exchange office district also make it a suitable location for investors in search of a unique proposition in the capital.”

The first phase of the India Quay development on land west of Gilmore Park will also include:

A new home for Edinburgh Printmakers

456sqm of flexible office/work spaces suitable for technology and digital start-ups and microbusinesses

Cafes, restaurants and retail units with a total floor area of 2,607sqm

146 under-deck parking spaces

Ewan Anderson, Partner at 7N Architects said: “It feels very satisfying to see the project reach this important milestone. 7N Architects has been developing the proposals for the site with EDI over the last four years and the place making principles established with the local community in the masterplanning workshops at the outset have all been carried through to detailed stages. It is rare to see a major development in Edinburgh cultivate such strong spectrum of support and goodwill.”

For more information on EDI’s India Quay development, please visit

Images courtesy of 7N Architects (Images by Meshroom)


Major Edinburgh canal side development plans to go on show

Multi-million pound regeneration plans to transform an old Edinburgh brewery site into a thriving canal side community will go on show at an upcoming information event.

The EDI Group Ltd is inviting residents to an information event on Tuesday 10 May, from 3pm to 8pm, at Akva, 129 Fountainbridge, to present its updated plans to build 438 new homes as part of its long-term redevelopment of the former McEwan’s brewery site in Fountainbridge.

The £200m India Quay development is set to create a unique canal side destination in the heart of the capital rivalling the best in Europe, and will also deliver one of the largest build-to-rent schemes in Scotland over the next three years.

The information event will provide local residents, businesses and community groups an opportunity to find out more about updated details of the types of homes and apartments due to be submitted as part of a detailed planning application later this month.

Lynn Smith, Head of Development at The EDI Group, said: “India Quay is a major development site for the city of Edinburgh. Bringing a long-standing vacant site back into use will not only improve the city centre’s built environment it will also deliver a significant economic boost creating jobs and attracting inward investment.

“Having listened to what local people would like to see developed, we’re pleased to be submitting our detailed planning application and look forward to working with our partners to create a thriving community of high quality homes, shops, restaurants and mixed use spaces for future generations and visitors to enjoy.”

Residential plans being submitted for India Quay as part of the detailed planning application will include a range of one, two and three bedroom apartments as well as 112 affordable homes. The three bedroom homes will be built in the traditional colony style, a favourite of the Edinburgh family market.

All of the homes will be professionally managed long-term in a single ownership, build-to-rent model offering a variety of apartment styles for residents, from young professionals and upsizers, with families and downsizers each having access to high quality living spaces, communal space, gardens and services.


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