Saughton Park Restoration project
About the project
Saughton Park is a hidden gem in the south west of Edinburgh. The park has gone downhill in recent years and in 2012 the Council's Parks, Greenspace and Cemeteries service started a £6m project to restore and improve the park.
In 2013 funding of £392,000 was secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Parks for People grant programme to develop fully costed master plan proposals for the park. These proposals were developed following a detailed and wide public consultation and engagement process, and were used to support a further HLF application in 2015 for funding to carry out the necessary capital works. In January 2016, the Council received the great news that their £3.8m application was successful. Matched funding has now all been secured.
In addition to the main HLF funded restoration works, the Project team has been working with the Council's Sustainable Development team to secure funding to install a ground source heat pump system and build a micro-hydro scheme. Combined, they will provide zero carbon energy for the park, saving an estimate 72 tonnes of CO² emissions per year. Some funding is now in place, but more is required before these elements of the project can go ahead.
There are plans to develop the children's playground to make it more inclusive and build a new multi-use games court. Some funding has been secured and decisions are expected later in the year on a few grant applications. Funding is still to be secured for replacing the boundary fence and installing CCTV around the park.
The project is now in the construction phase. Find details of the construction programme including details of any site closures.
Find out more about what's planned and see the designs of the park.
A project information briefing can be downloaded below.