Projekt 42 secures planning for community wellbeing centre

Sara Hawkins

Projekt 42, a charity aiming to tackle poor mental health in Edinburgh, has secured planning permission to open a new health and wellbeing centre on Halmyre Street, Leith, in 2018.

The community gym and wellness centre will offer a space for locals to come together and enhance their fitness, while also improving their mental wellbeing.

Building on the success of the pilot programme in the New Kirkgate, Projekt 42 will run fitness classes, nutrition and food planning workshops, counselling, mindfulness sessions and a fitness academy, which will provide affordable qualifications to young adults in the capital.

Edinburgh based Buccleuch Property, since joining forces with the charity earlier this year, has already brought together a task force* of local property professionals to provide assistance on the project free of charge.

With construction work set to start in Spring 2018, the team is hoping to build on this further and engage with the wider property industry for help in delivering the completion of the community space.

Commenting on the planning consent Sara Hawkins, founder of Projekt 42, said: “We’re delighted to have received permissions from Edinburgh Council for the new centre on Halmyre Street, and can’t wait to get our teeth into the next stage of the process.

“We know from our temporary site how high the demand is for our facilities, so it’s exciting to be able to get started working on bigger and better plans for our new space.

“It’s thanks to the guidance and support from Buccleuch Property and the professional team, who have so kindly come together to help us turn our vision into a reality, that we’ve got this far, so I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the whole team.”

David Peck, Managing Director of Buccleuch Property, added: “This truly is a project which will positively impact the local community, and we’re all looking forward to seeing it come to life. As we move forward with the build we will be seeking key materials including everything from portakabins to fixtures and fittings, and would encourage any local building and construction businesses who could help support this project to please get in touch.”

For more information on Projekt 42 please visit