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Princes Street Gardens

Several suggestions have been made in recent years for developments in Princes Street Gardens.  Some have been more controversial than others.  

Here are some of the suggestions and the years that they were made:

1 Shopping Galleries 2002
2 Memorial to the Queen Mother 2003
3 Covering of the Railway 2003
4 Tunnel under the Mound 2003
5 Visitors' Centre and Cafés 2003
6 Floral Clock 2003
7 Ross Bandstand 2003 /04 /05 /06
8 Arena / Amphitheatre 2004

 

1.

Shopping Gallery

Proposals have been made, over the past couple of years, for shops to be built beneath Princes Street, with entrances opening into Princes Street Gardens.

There were strong views expressed for and against this proposal. 

So far as I am aware there is no such proposal currently being considered by the Council's Planning Committee, but there is the possibility of further proposals being submitted to the Council in the future.

Edinburgh Evening News   -  several reports - 2002

 

2.

Memorial to the Queen Mother

A proposal has been made that a statue of the Queen Mother or other memorial to her should be created in Princes Street Gardens.  This proposal has cross-party support, and support of Edinburgh's Lord Provost.

James Patrick - Post Card

   Post Card - Princes Street Gardens and Bandstand - by James Patrick ©

The Queen Mother died in 2002, aged 101.  A Memorial would recognise her long associations with Scotland.  It has been suggested that she deserves particular recognition for her service to the nation during the Second World War.

A City of Edinburgh  Council committee will consider this proposal in early 2003.

Evening News (Edinburgh)  -  14 January 2003  -  page 3

Update  -  August 2003

The Memorial may in fact be created in Edinburgh's Botanic Gardens rather than in Princes Street Gardens.

Edinburgh Evening News 14 November 2003, p.4

 

3.

Covering the Railway

It has been proposed that a decked area should be created above the railway through East Princes Street Gardens.

This could be used for theatre and ice skating.  In recent years, an ice skating rink has been set up on the putting green in East Princes Street Gardens, between the railway line and the Scott Monument.

Edinburgh City Council will consider these proposals, but it has commented that the proposals are only at an exploratory stage.

1. Edinburgh Evening News, 18 March 2003:     2. The Scotsman  19 March 2003

 

4.

Tunnel under The Mound

A proposal to create a pedestrian tunnel under The Mound in order to link East and West Princes Street Gardens -  possibly linked with the underground gallery of the National Galleries of Scotland is being considered by Edinburgh Council

Edinburgh City Council will consider these proposals, but it has commented that the proposals are only at an exploratory stage.

1. Edinburgh Evening News, 18 March 2003:     2. The Scotsman  19 March 2003

 

5.

Visitors' Centre and Cafés

Edinburgh Council is considering a proposal to convert  the Gardener's Cottage at the east end of West Princes Street Gardens, below the Floral Clock, into a visitors' centre and Café.

It is also considering a proposal to create a permanent Café with seating in West Princes Street Gardens, to replace the temporary Cafés that arrive each summer.

Edinburgh City Council will consider these proposals, but it has commented that the proposals are only at an exploratory stage.

1. Edinburgh Evening News, 18 March 2003:     2. The Scotsman  19 March 2003

Update  -  August 2003

No immediate action is likely until the Council has sought further legal views on how they will be able to make changes and still comply with a District Council bylaw from the 1990s restricting further developments in the gardens.

Edinburgh Evening News,  19 August 2003,  p.9

 

6.

Floral Clock

Summer

For the last hundred years an electrically driven floral clock has been a prominent feature in Princes Street Gardens, immediately to the west of the Mound. 

The clock mechanism and cuckoo mechanism, is maintained  by Ritchie & Co, who are responsible for maintaining many of Edinburgh's public clocks.

The clock face has featured a different subject each year.  In 1961 it commemorated the Centenary of EPS.

This year, 2003, to mark its Centenary, a replica of the clock, with 30,000 plants was exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, where it was awarded a Gold Medal.

Much of the info above has been taken from an article
 in the Edinburgh Evening News,  2 June 2003,  p.3

Winter

The clock has normally been on display from June to October, but Edinburgh Council is now considering creating a winter version of the clock with more resilient plants, to be planted in October and left on display until May.

Edinburgh Evening News,  2 June 2003,  p.3

 

7.

Ross Bandstand

Edinburgh Council has been considering how it might replace the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens.

However, no immediate action is likely until the Council has sought further legal views on how they will be able to make changes and still comply with a District Council bylaw from the 1990s restricting further developments in the gardens.

Edinburgh Evening News,  19 August 2003,  p.9

Update - January 2004

The 2004 Edinburgh New Year Party in Princes Street Gardens was cancelled at about two hours' notice as a result of storms, during which part of the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens was found to be potentially unsafe and not suitable for the planned entertainment.

This will, no doubt, result in priority being given to upgrading or replacing the Ross Bandstand

Update - September 2005

Architects, Make Ltd, who designed the Gherkin building in London and are working on the master plan for Granton Waterfront have been asked to design a bandstand to replace the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens.

Approval from the Scottish Parliament is needed for any new buildings in Princes Street Gardens.  However the Council hope that a suitable new venue can be created to attract more top-name pop acts to Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Evening News,  6 September 2005,  pp.1,5

Update - April 2006

Edinburgh City Council has announced that it intends to bid for lottery funding to help meet the cost of a creating a new multi-functional performance space on the site of the Ross Bandstand beneath Edinburgh Castle in West Princes Street Gardens.

A possible new bandstand for Princes Street Gardens.  Style:  shelll  -  daytime illustration ©

Architects, Make, have provided three possible designs to stimulate debate.  All feature a 'new bandstand' built into the landscape of the gardens, one in the form of a leaf, one a shell, and one a grassy knoll. 

They propose that a new bridge should be built over the railway to give access to the back of the bandstand, and that there should be lifts giving access for disabled from Princes Street to the Gardens.

The 'new bandstand' is expected to hold 10.000 spectators for the larger events, including 4,500 on the grassy banks on either side of the main seating.  The total cost might amount to £14m and it may take five years from 2006 to complete the project.

Edinburgh Council and other stakeholders are now considering the results of the feasibility study that accompanied the three designs.  A brief for this development is to be drawn up and the firm to take the project forward is expected to be chosen through an international competition.

The notes above are based on:

1. Edinburgh Evening News,  April 19, 2006,  pp.1,10,11,12

2.  Brief description of the three proposals from architects, Make

3.  Edinburgh City Council News Release, April 21, 2006

Update - August 2006

Current legislation could cause a long delay in the replacement of the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens.  The current 1991 legislation prevents the building of any new structures in Princes Street Gardens, Calton Hill, the Meadows and Leith Links.

However, Edinburgh City Council intends to make a "fast-track" bid to change the law, specifically to enable the new £15m concert venue to be built on the site of the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens.  They hope that this can be achieved within a year and that building work can begin during 2007.

This would enable events ranging from pop concerts to sporting events and open-air cinema screening to be hosted at the new venue.

Edinburgh Evening News,  August 25, 2006,  p.25

 

7.

Arena / Amphitheatre

A two-page article with illustrations appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News on 20 January, suggesting that plans to build a large arena in West Princes Street Gardens, below Ramsay Gardens should be resurrected.  It proposed that the new arena should replace the Ross Bandstand.

The article was written by Raymond Muzsinsky, principal director of the architects Morris & Steedman, who prepared plans for such an arena in 1989.   The firm claims that this would enable Edinburgh to host major musical and entertainment events and that it could also be a venue for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

These proposals are likely to provoke strong reactions.  The Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been held on the Castle Esplanade for all of its 53 years, and the chief executive of the Tattoo claims that he no wish to move from this unique location. 

An investigation into the cancellation of the New Year Party is about to be held.  This investigation will involve the Ross Bandstand, so the Council is not commenting at this stage on the Arena proposals.

Edinburgh Evening News,  20 January 2004,  pp.19,20

 

 

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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