Glencairn Properties are happy to announce we have submitted plans to convert a former Art Deco cinema into residential apartments.
Our plan is to refurbish the rundown Grade B building on Great Junction Street in Edinburgh’s Leith area and replace a warehouse at the rear with a contemporary extension overlooking the Water of Leith.
Some original aspects of the cinema building have been retained including the spacious foyer, which will serve as an entrance to the accommodation. The top floor has been set back to provide a deck with extensive views back towards the city and Arthur’s Seat with the entire build scaled to the height of the existing auditorium.
Secure underground parking has been factored into the plans as well as internal bicycle stores.
The State Cinema in Leith closed in 1972 and has since been used as a bingo hall, a nightclub and church.
This hasn’t been a straightforward project, there were several complex issues we had to address to get to this stage but we are confident that our plans will create a unique development that will greatly improve and enhance the area.
We have tried to breathe life into the original building and respected many of the original art deco features with our design. I am glad we are able to keep such an important focal point on Great Junction street.
The planning application has been submitted now and if successful we would estimate the development to commence late 2018.
In the meantime, we have partnered with the Hidden Doors team and provided the building as a new arts venue for the Festival next year.
Consultants on the application are ISA Architects and Scott Hobbs Planning.