So farewell then Shrubhill House.
A Greener Leith supporter sent in this stunning image of the former city social work department mid-demolition.
In just a few weeks time it’ll be gone. By next year there’ll be a new building in its place.
For many people the building was always an eyesore – and latterly a focus for anti-social behaviour. But others saw things differently. For those feeling sentimental, there are some YouTube videos around, showing the inside of the derelict building.
This one, dates from 2011.
Whilst this one, uploaded in 2010 has slightly higher, and spookier production values:
As well as a series of posts on the planning shenanigans associated with the site, we also put out some posts that took a different angle.
In this post we shared some still photos of the graffiti in Shrubhill house and the adjacent tram depot.
But perhaps to remind us what a good urban designer could have done with the site, it’s worth re-reading this guest post from Iona Street resident, Michael Bryan, from 2011.
He drew up designs for the site which proposed that Shrubhill house could be transformed into “122 affordable homes, shared communal facilities and a community education centre through a combination of new-build and retro-fitting.” His designs won awards, but they’re a long way away from what is actually going to be built on the site.