Edinburgh Waterfront

Western Harbour

Landscaping work begins

 

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Western Harbour

Landscaping work

Edinburgh Waterfront  -  Work begins to prepare the land in Granton Western Harbour for developments  -  22 June 2004

 Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                  Photograph taken at 22 June 2004

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Western Harbour  -  June 2004

View through the fence towards the two remaining gasometers - with Irn Bru bottle

Edinburgh Waterfront  -  Work begins to prepare the land in Granton Western Harbour for developments in the background.  In the foreground is an empty  Irn Bru bottle  -  22 June 2004

 Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                        Photograph taken at 22 June 2004

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Western Harbour  -  August 2004

View through the fence towards the  one remaining gasometer - with Irn Bru bottle

Looking from Granton Middle Pier across the building work at Western Harbour with the one remaining gasometer in the background - with the Irn Bru bottle still wedged into the fence.

 Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                        Photograph taken at 15 August 2004

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Western Harbour  -  September 2004

Bottle, still looking good

Iron Bru Bottle in the fence separating Middle Pier from the Western Harbour construction site

 Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

 Photograph taken at 7.15pm on 14 September 2004

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Western Harbour  -  September 2004

Bottle, not to be seen again!

Iron Bru Bottle in the fence separating Middle Pier from the Western Harbour construction site at sunset

 Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk               Photograph taken at 7.15pm on 14 September 2004

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Western Harbour  -  August 2004

View through the fence with Irn Bru bottle

Edinburgh Waterfront  -  Work begins to prepare the land in Granton's Western Harbour  -  A digger, a pile of earth and  Irn Bru bottles  -  5 August 2004

 Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                            Photograph taken at 1pm on 5 August 2004

 

Edinburgh Waterfront

Western Harbour

Landscaping work begins

Edinburgh Waterfront  -  Giant Hogweeds in Western Harbour  -  14 September 2003

Western Harbour, in the process of being changed from a wasteland  to a site for development. 

1.

Construction Work  -  seen from Middle Pier

Photo 1 looks from Granton Harbour, Middle Pier, through the perimeter fence into the reclaimed part of Western Harbour.  There are heavy vehicles, a crane and (at the extreme left) two gasometers.

2.

Irn Bru Bottle

Photo 2 is a similar scene, also taken from Middle Pier but including out-of-focus gasometers and  focusing on an empty Irn Bru bottle wedged into the perimeter fence.

Iron Bru is a sweet fizzy soft drink, popular in Scotland, and said by some to be a good cure for hangovers.  The drink is bright orange, and made by A G Barr of Glasgow.

The drink was first produced in 1901 under the name Iron Brew, and for many years used the advertising slogan: 'Made in Scotland from Girders'.

Amongst my own photography of  People at Work in Scotland, since 1990,I have built up a collection of photos of Irn Bru bottles left around industrial sites.  I never move the bottles, but just photograph what I find.

3.

Which will survive the longest?

Which will survive the longest in the photograph in 2 above, the Iron Bru bottle or the gasometer?  The gasometer is due to be demolished in two months' time - in early August.

Answer:  The Irn Bru bottle lasted the longest.  See photo 3 above.

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One Month Later

The bottle was still in position, and looking in good condition, when photographed in mid-September.

5.

All gone!

This view of the Irn Bru bottle, against its backdrop of the construction site and sunset, was soon to disappear.

By early September, more land had been brought within the Western Harbour construction site.  The fence, which had formed part of the eastern perimeter of the Western Harbour construction site, was taken down to allow the site to expand.

6.

More Irn Bru Bottles

This photo looks to the north into Western Harbour, from the southern perimeter fence, close to the back of the PoundStretcher store.  Here we have a digger, a large pile of earth and more Irn Bru bottles!

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