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The Engine Yard

MBH 24 06 002


Location: Edinburgh

Brick Manufacturer: Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC

Brick Name: Blockleys Sterling Grey

Architect: LDN Architects

Brickwork Contractor: Marshall Errock Construction

About the project

Nestled within the vibrant community of The Engine Yard on Leith Walk, The Tram Sheds stands as a striking testament to urban regeneration, breathing new life into the historic Shrubhill tram sheds. This distinctive restoration project introduces 43 industrial-styled new build homes, seamlessly blending contemporary living with the area’s rich heritage.

Boasting a diverse range of one, two, and three-bedroom apartments and duplexes, each residence within The Tram Sheds exudes character and charm. From arched or round pivot windows to solar-powered Velux windows and raised ceiling Juliette balconies, every home is thoughtfully designed to maximise space and natural light. Some units even feature private balconies, gardens, and roof terraces, offering panoramic views of Edinburgh and beyond.

Once a bustling hub for the city’s tram network, The Tram Sheds now stands as a focal point of The Engine Yard’s unique community. The restoration of the original tram sheds, now reimagined as the Big Shed, Wee Shed, and the Gap Building, has created a dynamic space for modern urban living. This final phase of the project comprises 43 apartments, each boasting unique features and a high specification.

The Engine Yard on Leith Walk emerges as one of Edinburgh’s most vibrant residential destinations, revitalise ing the city’s historic tram depot into an architecturally distinctive urban enclave. Overcoming the challenges of integrating new construction with existing structures, the project has successfully preserved the site’s industrial character while enhancing its structural integrity.

The transformation of the site’s listed structures into contemporary residences has been executed with precision and attention to detail. High-specification finishes, open-plan layouts, and dual aspect windows characterise each home, ensuring a comfortable and inviting living environment. Balconies, roof decks, and private gardens provide residents with exclusive outdoor spaces to enjoy breathtaking views of Edinburgh’s skyline.

The Engine Sheds prominently feature Blockleys Sterling Grey bricks, which clad the facades and accentuate the central chimney stack in the open courtyard. The subtle grey tones of the bricks harmonize with the site’s restoration area and classic red brick frontage, creating a cohesive aesthetic. Complementing the metal cladding found throughout the development, the sterling grey bricks add a touch of contemporary elegance to the urban landscape.