Western Harbour

Highly commended



ARCHITECTURE: Future Building or Project


7N Architects
Rankin Fraser Landscape Architecture


Forth Ports


7N Architects and Rankin Fraser Landscape Architecture’s proposals for Western Harbour in the Port of Leith will transform empty reclaimed land into a vibrant waterfront community. 

A New Neighbourhood

Delivered in a single stroke, the new neighbourhood will create a vibrant community from the ground up and reinvigorate the waterfront with a diverse combination of residential and mixed use spaces. A new park, one of the largest delivered in Edinburgh for over a century, will form the heart of the new community offering play space, large open meadows, varied woodland, a community growing space and an outdoor classroom directly connected to the adjacent primary school.

A Placemaking Approach

The streets, spaces, buildings and quarters are designed to have a discernible character, within the coherent character of the wider neighbourhood, to cultivate variety, identity and legibility. A varied palette of robust materials references the historic waterfront buildings and the site’s direct relationship with the Port of Leith.

Streets for People

The approach focuses on designing a place which encourages people to inhabit and activate their environment by creating a rich public realm that prioritises pedestrians and cyclists over vehicles.