A block of flats immortalised in Trainspotting have been given protected status
The 10-storey building in Edinburgh – better-known as the Banana Flats due to its curved shape – was built in the early 1960s and propelled into popular culture thanks to Irvine Welsh's 1993 novel as the childhood home of Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson.
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Now, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has revealed that Cables Wynd House in Leith has been listed as a Category "A" property. The announcement comes just days after T2: Trainspotting, sequel to the film of the original book (below) was released.
HES said the flats and the neighbouring Linksview House, also listed, were "an integral and instantly recognisable feature of the Leith skyline". Dawn McDowell, deputy head of designations at HES, said: "In the early 1960s a more holistic approach to housing schemes was being pioneered which aimed to create not just houses but communities.
Aerial view of the Banana Flats
"Cables Wynd House and Linksview are among the best examples of these schemes with their use of external access decks as a way of recreating the civic spirit of traditional tenemented streets and the inclusion of modern features like lifts and heated flooring."
These two blocks abundantly merit their listing at Category 'A'
Professor Miles Glendinning
The two blocks have become the 50th and 51st buildings built after the Second World War to be given protected status. They join the likes of the Forth Road Bridge, St Peters' Seminary in Cardross, The Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, and the Bannockburn Memorial Cairn in Stirlingshire.
Cables Wynd House in Leith has been listed as a Category "A" property
Professor Miles Glendinning, director of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies, said: "These two blocks abundantly merit their listing at Category 'A', because they combine international excellence in modernist urban design with an attention to the spirit of place that is specific to Edinburgh."
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