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Laverockbank, Newhaven

The shop unit at 9 Laverockbank Avenue. Early photos held by RCHAMS suggest this was originally a convenience store. Later it is said to have become a council workshop for servicing equipment. More recently it became an architect's office.


Laverockbank is a municipal housing development in Newhaven designed by Basil Spence and partners for the City of Edinburgh Council (1957-1960). The partner in charge was Peter Scott Ferguson and the job architect was Richard Ross Forbes Cassidy. The engineering work was by Harley Haddow. The design was given a Saltire Society award in 1959.


The site is a steep and challenging one running down the steep bank toward the Firth of Forth. The block in Laverockbank Avenue is in keeping with the pre-existing tenement housing. A linked block in Laverockbank Crescent is in scale with the villa-style housing of the area. The whole scheme provided 27 homes and one shop. A pend in Laverockbank Avenue gives access to a rear car parking area with lock-up garages.


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Taken on June 5, 2012