Saughton Park restoration project
Saughton Park is a hidden gem in the south west of Edinburgh. The park has gone downhill in recent years. In 2012, our Parks, Greenspace and Cemeteries service started a £6m project to restore and improve the park.
In 2013, we secured funding of £392,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Parks for People grant programme to develop fully costed master plan proposals for the park. We developed these proposals following a detailed and wide public consultation and engagement process. They were used to support a further HLF application in 2015 for funding to carry out the necessary capital works. In January 2016, we received the great news that the £3.8m application was successful. We have now secured matched funding.
In addition to the main HLF funded restoration works, the project team has been working with the Sustainable Development team to secure funding to install a ground source heat pump system and build a micro-hydro scheme. 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 we need more before these elements of the project can go ahead.
There are plans to develop the children's playground to make it more inclusive and to build a new multi-use games court. We have secured some funding and expect decisions later in the year on grant applications. We are still to secure funding 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 any site closures.
Find out more about what's planned and see the designs of the park.