Place Brief: National Collections Facility at Granton Waterfront

On 19 May 2016 the Planning Committee approved a ‘place brief’ for the National Collections Facility (NCF) site at Granton.  The brief provides non-statutory planning guidance to help deliver a visitor destination at this important site near the city’s waterfront.

The brief responds to the responses from a survey which was completed by local people from two community drop-in sessions  and a community workshop held in early March.  Around 90 people took part in these events.  The survey was also completed online by 139 respondents.  The questions were based on the place standard tool as launched by Scottish Government in December 2015 to support the delivery of high quality places.

The brief incorporates a set of high level development principles for the site.  It will be used by the successfully appointed design team to work up detailed proposals for the site forming the basis of a formal planning application from the National Galleries of Scotland in due course.

Landowners, National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) and Historic Environmental Scotland (HES) ultimately intend to deliver a building which will:

  • create a new facility that is the primary means of caring for their art collections.
  • provide sufficient quality space and security to centralise HES archives and house all NGS collections.
  • contribute to the regeneration of Granton, through the provision of social amenities, employment opportunities, cultural activities and economic stimulus.
  • work with Edinburgh College and the Council to develop a range of youth engagement, apprenticeship and internship opportunities in a variety of occupations, and
  • provide a gateway to the working of museums, galleries and archives for the Granton community.

If you have any queries about the brief get in touch with us at

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