Saughton Park Restoration Project

About the project

The Council has started a project to restore and improve the much loved Saughton Park.  Work started in 2012 to ask park users and local residents how they use the park, and what their concerns and aspirations are.  This information was used to develop initial proposals for the restoration of this historically important park.

In February 2013, the Council made a 1st round bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Parks for People grant programme. In 2013, it was announced that the bid had been successful.  

The HLF awarded £392,000 to help develop plans to apply for a full grant to carry out the restoration works at a later date. Landscape Architects Ironside Farrar and Architects Sutherland Hussey and Richard Shorter have been appointed to help develop the designs. Community First Partnership and Jura Consultants are helping us to develop an exciting programme of events and activities to help increase the number of and diversity of people who visit the park along with volunteering and learning opportunities.

The cost for the restoration works is around £5 million. It is expected that the HLF 2nd round bid

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will be £3.7 million. The rest of the funding will be made up from the Council, external funding and volunteer time contributions.

The 2nd round bid is competitive and will be applied for in August 2015, with a decision expected in December 2015.  If successful, detailed design work and construction works will be done between the start of 2016 and end of 2018.

The Council is working with the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society to explore how Saughton Park can be used as a base for their activities.

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