Following the paper mill's closure in 1966, the site lay vacant and littered with debris, spoiling the tranquil waterside beauty of the Water of Leith.
CALA Homes (East) purchased the site after previous attempts to build on it were thwarted by contamination, constrained access and complex engineering challenges.
Today, this stretch is home to a flourishing new community, comprising 89 contemporary homes, complemented by green open space and tree-lined walkways. Paying homage to the architecture of the historic paper mill, the new homes at Kinleith Mill feature traditional red brick facades, punctuated by distinctive iron railings. Their impressive finish belies the host of challenges that came with transforming this brownfield site, and underlines the power of positive change achieved by well considered design.