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March 21 2019

Fundraising underway for £25m Princes Street Gardens vision

A fundraising campaign has been launched to raise capital in support of a wholesale reimagining of Princes Street Gardens to create a landmark destination at the foot of Edinburgh Castle.

The Quaich Project is the brainchild of the Ross Development Trust which aims to establish a new venue on the site of the current Ross Bandstand.

GRAS and wHY emerged as the winners of a design contest for the gardens back in 2017 but detailed design work has stalled amid concern over maintenance costs. Resolution of these issues by allowing the council to retain control of the site will now see detailed design work undertaken over the next few months with a formal application being submitted early in 2020.

Under its stewardship, the City of Edinburgh Council has pledged to host no more than five major events in the grounds each year, during which public access would be limited.

Trust founder Norman Springford, who is prepared to put £5m toward the build, said: “The renewed gardens will offer a more enjoyable and pleasant experience for everyone, whether they’re looking for a quiet place to stop and rest, want to enjoy a walk in the shadow of one of the world’s most iconic castles, or want to enjoy a performance in a stunning venue.”

Years of fundraising lie ahead before the vision has any chance of becoming a reality until 2023 at the earliest.

6 Comments

Egbert
#1 Posted by Egbert on 22 Mar 2019 at 09:27 AM
Some dramatic changes in topography apparently proposed in the West End (along with the disappearance of the entire Caledonian Hotel), but you can't fault the ambition
Gusto
#2 Posted by Gusto on 22 Mar 2019 at 12:46 PM
Is this an improvement on what's there already, are they solving a problem that doesn't exist? Do we really want to dig up a perfectly nice park, putting it out of public access for several years? I also see that all the balustrades, to stop people falling off the edge of a sunken building, have been conveniently omitted from the images!
RM Kartoffel
#3 Posted by RM Kartoffel on 22 Mar 2019 at 16:56 PM
Q:Why dig up a lovely park to be replaced by this? A: Turning a public park into an event space = ££££££
jc
#4 Posted by jc on 24 Mar 2019 at 01:00 AM
Oh for crying out loud, just leave the perfectly good gardens alone!
Han
#5 Posted by Han on 25 Mar 2019 at 01:44 AM
'leave the defense swamp alone' - someone in 1760 probably...
Big Dope
#6 Posted by Big Dope on 25 Mar 2019 at 13:13 PM
I like bits of it. The park is nice as it is but some sections could do with a revamp...

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