“Having listened to local community concerns, we encouraged current traders to return to the new development once it has been completed, and are offering favourable rents in line with current levels which are significantly lower than market value. We are pleased that Sikh Sanjog and Punjabi Junction recognise the benefits of being part of our new development, and we continue to have very positive discussions with other tenants looking to return.”
Trishna Singh, Founder of Sikh Sanjog and Punjabi Junction said:
“Our charity and café have been based on Leith Walk for more than eight years, and it is a very accessible and convenient location for all our clients and customers. We are delighted to have secured temporary accommodation for our charity, and will continue to deliver the much needed services and catering to our stakeholders and customers.”
Hilary Jones, Trustee of Sikh Sanjog, added:
“Working in the existing building, we appreciate better than most that it requires modernising and redevelopment - and we are keen to return to brand new premises after relocating for a couple of years.”
Drum will shortly submit a detailed planning application for development of the whole site to the City of Edinburgh Council, which, as well as the Leith Walk shop frontage block, includes a medium-sized industrial estate located directly behind it.
Development proposals include affordable housing operated by Places for People, post-graduate student residences operated by the University of Edinburgh and a hotel and restaurant. Other details include landscaping of the area and opening up a safe and accessible pedestrianised route linking Leith Walk and Pilrig Park.