Cables Wynd House

Cables Wynd House, better known as the Leith Banana Flats or as the banana block because of its curved shape, is a 9-storey local authority housing block in Leith, Edinburgh.

History

It was first occupied in 1962, and for many families offered a welcome improvement over the overcrowding and slum housing conditions that were still common problems at the time.

Design

It contains 204 flats, which have a 24 hour concierge service and CCTV coverage. Most of the properties use deck access, but the ground floor flats are accessed via individual front doors. These properties are preferentially allocated to older people. All but two of the flats remain in public ownership as of 2006.

Use in fiction

In Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, the flats were the childhood home of the character Sick Boy.

In 2007 the block was used during filming of Wedding Belles, which was also created by Irvine Welsh.

Building Activity

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