Shrubhill Transport Workshop
For many decades until the 1990s,
Edinburgh Corporation Transport Department, latterly Lothian Region
Transport had a depot and workshop at Shrubhill, on the western side of
Leith Walk, mid-way between Edinburgh and Leith.
The building at the rear of this depot
once housed the engine that drove the cables for part of Edinburgh's cable
In later years it became a repair shop
for Edinburgh's trams and buses.
Now some of the repair work has been outsourced and
some is carried out at the depot in Annandale Street, about half a mile to
the north-east of the old Shrubhill depot.
Shrubhill Proposals - 2003
The developer, George Wimpey, hopes to
construct 281 flats up to seven storeys high on the site of the old bus
depot, together with a further 77 flats in the vicinity.
Two proposals by George Wimpey for
development of this site have already been turned down by the Council.
Their latest proposal for this site will be considered by the Council on
Evening News 23
May 2003, p.23
Edinburgh's Councillors, on 28 May 03,
rejected George Wimpey's proposal for their £30m development of the
Shrubhill site on the grounds that it was "simply not good enough".
Some local residents had expressed concern over
the height of the buildings and the mix of materials.
Evening News ? May
Shrubhill Proposals - 2004
Permission has still not yet been
granted for a proposed housing development on the site of the old tram
depot at Shrubhill. George Wimpey, developers, have already
submitted plans three times and all have been rejected. They have
now submitted a fourth set of proposals, seeking permission to build up to
355 houses on the site.
These proposals have met with further
objections from neighbours and heritage bodies, and are to be the subject
of a public enquiry to begin on 9 March 04 in McDonald Road Library.
The development has been criticised as being "too dense", "too high", and
"bland and boring".
Evening News 20
February 2004, p.23
proposals have failed to gain approval. After having been turned down by
Edinburgh Councillors, they were then rejected in July 2004 following a
have now withdrawn and ten other developers have submitted bids to develop
the site, mainly as housing. Some of their proposals include
development of the adjacent social work headquarters at a later date.
A decision on who is to develop the site may be made around March 2005.
Evening News 6
December 2004, p.10
Shrubhill Proposals - 2005
New owners of the site, Edinburgh-based BL
Developments have announced that they plan to seek permission in
late-summer or early-autumn to proceed with a £35m development for 300
homes, shops, small offices, a possible hotel, two public squares and a
tree-lined pedestrian link through the site.
The proposed height of the buildings is lower
than under the earlier proposals from Wimpey. The latest plans have
received some favourable comments from the Edinburgh heritage body, the
Evening News 29
April 2005 p.29
Four years later, and still
Shrubhill Proposals -
Evening News reported that a new hotel was to be created on the site
of the former bus depot, and that a planning application would be
submitted next week. It will be the fifth attempt to redevelop the
paper reported that a four-star hotel, containing about 120 rooms was
expected. These plans replace earlier plans by BL Development,
approved in 2006.
Evening News 2
April 2005 p.21