Waterfront Plaza offers contemporary take on Edinburgh’s iconic ‘colonies’

Waterfront Plaza offers contemporary take on Edinburgh’s iconic ‘colonies’

CALA Homes to reimagine ‘colony’ houses at its new development on Leith’s waterfront – Waterfront Plaza.

A style of home that is considered part of the fabric of the Scottish capital has been given a modern twist at a new development at Leith’s waterfront.

CALA Homes (East) is offering a new interpretation of the traditional Edinburgh colony model at its upcoming Waterfront Plaza development.

First built in 1850 and recognised as a defining feature of Edinburgh’s architectural history, colony houses in areas such as Stockbridge and Haymarket are some of the most sought-after homes in the capital – known for their community feel and clever use of space.

Taking inspiration from this design, the homes at Waterfront Plaza will offer a contemporary approach, with open plan living areas and large windows creating bright and inviting spaces, designed to suit a variety of buyers.

The ground floor comprises of a three-bed apartment with the second and third floors of that apartment’s footprint split between two duplex two-bedroom plus study properties. The colony layout and external staircase allows each home to benefit from its own front door.

Craig Main, Director at EMA Architects, said; “The colonies at Waterfront Plaza offer a modern take on an iconically Edinburgh design.”

“The clever layout means that each home has its own front door, creating that sense of ownership and community that has made the housing model so popular.

“We’ve been able to take the best elements of the design and modernise them, to ensure they meet the needs of families in 2019, with features such as open-plan living spaces.”

The characteristic external staircase leading to the upper-level homes are known for being sociable spaces in the established colony communities of Edinburgh. These new homes feature these staircases, providing buyers with an attractive area that can be personalised with planters and ornaments.

The outside space is bolstered further with a private top floor terrace on the upper homes. Many of the colonies will also benefit from a south-facing outlook and views that extend over Leith’s famous dockyards.

Philip Hogg, Sales and Marketing Director at CALA Homes (East), said: “Credit to the planning and architecture teams for choosing to bring a modern interpretation of such an intrinsically Edinburgh housing concept to our Waterfront Plaza development.

“The colonies have taken inspiration from the original model but the open plan interiors and large windows create the spacious and bright interiors that feature across CALA developments.

“The homes will be fronted by private gardens that lead onto the development’s public realm, fostering a great community environment.”

Due to launch in summer 2019, Waterfront Plaza is a brownfield regeneration project by Edinburgh-headquartered CALA Homes.

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