09 February - Global professional services consultancy WSP has been appointed to work on a project that plans to completely regenerate Edinburgh’s famous West Princes Street Gardens. 


The project which is being managed by the Ross Development Trust will see widespread improvements made to the west side of the gardens, including the replacement of the historic outdoor performance venue, the Ross Bandstand.

WSP has been appointed to carry out a feasibility study for a new road bridge that will form a gateway for improved vehicular access to help service the re-animated Gardens. 

Gordon Allerton, Director at WSP said: “This project in Edinburgh’s West Princes Street Gardens is a very exciting one, not just for us but for the people of the city.

“Our part in the project involves carrying out a feasibility study where we will look at all types of constraints from archaeology and cultural heritage to noise and vibration. This will help us to determine the best type of bridge for vehicles to access the Ross Bandstand’s replacement and its supporting amenities.

“The gardens are one of Edinburgh’s most recognisable locations so it’s great to be working with the Ross Development Trust and the City of Edinburgh Council on a project which will not only improve the area but potentially help the city win bids for major cultural events.”

David Ellis, Project Director at The Ross Development Trust: “We are looking forward to working with WSP on what will be a great project for the city of Edinburgh.

“Our goal with the redevelopment of the Ross Bandstand and West Princes Street Gardens is to create a unique and recognisable venue for all to enjoy and to make it a socially inclusive centre in Edinburgh which promotes a diverse range of activities.

“WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s study will be important to help us determine what type of bridge is required for improved access to the gardens and will form an integral part in the  replacement of the Ross Bandstand”.

The Ross Development Trust, in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council and Malcolm Reading Consultants, has launched a global search for an outstanding team of architects, landscape designers, engineers and other specialists for the new circa £25m replacement for the Ross Bandstand and Gardens improvement project in the heart of Edinburgh.

The Ross Development Trust is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) comprised of a board of trustees, chaired by Norman Springford, founder of Apex Hotels, who all share a personal ambition to improve West Princes Street Gardens.

As well as a replacement for the Ross Bandstand, the Ross Development Trust is planning a number of incremental improvements including; restoring the Ross Fountain, upgrading the current cafeteria facilities, re-landscaping, wayfinding and lighting.  Work is set to begin within the next few months.

To find out more information about the work of the Ross Development Trust or sign up for progress updates visit www.rdtrust.org

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