Port of Leith Headquarters
Client : Port of Leith Housing Association
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £2m
Completion Date : December 2002
Awards : Winner of Roses Design Award, Commended in the Scottish Design Awards 2009 – Interior Design Category
In 2000 Lee Boyd were appointed to design a new headquarters for Port of Leith Housing Association. As the scheme was situated on the only remaining gap site on Constitution Street, Edinburgh, care was taken to conceive a design which was contemporary, yet was sensitive to the surrounding buildings.
A simply palette of textures and colours is used on the external envelope; the main form facing the street is ‘L’ shaped on plan, turing the corner to Coatfield Lane, and is aligned with the general facade line of Constitution Street. This robust face has white render and punched steel windows to emphasise the more public aspect.
The reception was carefully designed to create a welcoming yet focus for the waiting area.