Lifting the curtain on major park restoration project

Contractors have given a sneak peek behind the scenes of a multi-million-pound scheme to restore Edinburgh’s historic Saughton Park – the largest project of its kind in Scotland.

On Monday (4 June) Transport and Environment Vice Convener, Councillor Karen Doran, along with local councillors, found out from main contractors, Clark Contracts, how the £6.7m project is progressing as work to renew and add to buildings in the park reaches the halfway point.Saughton restoration

The renovation, which began in August 2017, includes landscaping, replanting of floral beds, construction of a new café and the refurbishment of the park’s Winter Garden.

Now well underway, work has so far seen the restoration of the park’s 110-year-old bandstand, the creation of one mile of new pathways and thousands of roses, shrubs and other foliage planted.

Transport and Environment Vice Convener, Councillor Karen Doran, said: “It’s wonderful to see work progressing on this fantastic project, which is set to restore one of our most striking parks to its former glory.

“Up until now development has been under wraps and I’m sure local people and passers-by must be keen to see what’s going on, so it’s great to be able to find out what changes have been made so far.

“Now we’ve had a taste of what exciting developments are to come, I’m really looking forward to seeing the final product, to be enjoyed by the community and all those who visit.”

Michael Scanlan, Director, Clark Contracts, said: “It is fantastic to be working on this exciting regeneration project at Saughton Park. We are looking forward to seeing the park being enjoyed again by local community.”

The major revival of the early-twentieth century park was made possible thanks to £3.8m of Heritage Lottery Funding and earlier this year was awarded an additional £99k from WREN’s FCC Scottish Action Fund, which will contribute to the installation of a new playground. The project has also benefited from almost £50k from the SUEZ Communities Trust, enabling the construction of a multi-use games area.

The wider project to develop Saughton Park is expected to last until late November 2018, and will see the refreshment of some its key features - installed for its opening as a park in 1910 - including the botanical garden and winter garden.

Amongst other improvements will be the restoration of the park’s stable block as a community venue and base for project partners the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (The Caley), the construction of a new café and the installation of furniture, lighting and new paths across the site.

It is anticipated that the newly restored park will be fully opened by December 2018. Find out more about the project on the Council website.

Pictured (left to right): Councillor Cathy Fullerton; Pete McDougall, Project Development Officer (CEC); Linda Anglin, Project Manager (CEC); Councillor Karen Doran, Transport and Environment Vice Convener; Danny McKibbens, Clark Construction Manager; Dario Cerretti Clark Contracts Manager.

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