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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks

Edinburgh Today

General Post Office

Photograph by Peter Stubbs  -  August 2002  -  View from the steps of Register House, looking past Steele's statue of the Duke of Wellington, towards North Bridge and the General Post Office.

GPO

The Old Building

The General Post Office (GPO) is an impressive building on the corner of North Bridge and Waterloo Place, at the East End of Princes Street. It is almost opposite Register House.

The foundation stone of the building was laid on  October 23, 1861, by Prince Albert.  The building opened on May 7, 1866.  The building was extended in 1891-92 and again in 1907-10.

Unfortunately, since closing in October 1995, the building remained empty and begun to look very shabby.

A New Building

Work has now begun on a 43m reconstruction of the building, due to be completed in December 2004.   It is to be converted into high tech offices with a central atrium and a roof garden.  It will have a glass exterior wall built inside the original facade of the building.

The exterior facade of the building is to be preserved.  This is to be one of Europe's largest ever facade retention projects.

The whole seven-storey interior of the building, extending above and below Waterloo Place, is being removed.  This work to remove the interior of the building started in February 02 and should be completed in May 03.

Edinburgh Evening News  1 March 2003, p.3

Redevelopment proposals:  Edinburgh Evening News, 11 April 2003,  p 14.

Waverley Gate

Progress  -  2003

This project is now known as Waverley Gate, and is being described as "a 65m redevelopment".

 Good progress has been made on removing the contents of the old GPO.   30,000 tons of material have now been removed from the site, leaving just an empty shell of exterior walls from the 1861 building.

Edinburgh Evening News  20 November 2003, p.2

Waverley Gate

Completed  -  2005

The project is now complete, having cost 100m. A new glass building with atrium and rooftop garden has been created within the shell of the original 1866 building.  The stone urns on top of the building, clearly seen in the engraving below, have been missing for many years but have been recreated by the builders.

Engraving from 'Old & New Edinburgh'  -  The General Post Office

The interior of the old building, including more than 30,000 of tonnes of rubble was removed to allow the new building to be constructed.

GPO  -  Building work  -  Removal of interior walls prior to reconstruction  -  April 2003

The new building was designed by architects, Hugh Martin Partnership  and built by Balfour Beatty.  Talks with potential tenants are now underway.

Edinburgh Evening News  11 February 2005 , pp.16-17

Waverley Gate

For Sale or To Let  -  2009

Unfortunately, after spending 100m on the development of Waverley Gate's, Castlemore (Edinburgh) are now in administration and owe 44.7m to  Bank of Scotland and 16.8m to others.

After four years of marketing the building, only one tenant, Microsoft,  has been found.  It has taken a 15-year lease on a small portion of the building.

The administrators are hoping to sell or let the building, but its market value, originally estimated at almost 90m is now believed to be around 25m. 

Edinburgh Evening News  June 11, 2009:  p.11

 

 

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks