Work starts on the Ross Fountain statue
The statue at the top of The Ross Fountain in West Princes Street Gardens has today (Thursday 6th July, 2017) been lifted off marking the start of the £1.5M renovation.
The work is being undertaken by The Ross Development Trust as part of theIR £25M revitalisation of the area in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council.
The two tonne statue was removed by a 15m crane in an operation that lasted around an hour. The statue will now undergo a careful conservation process before being returned to Edinburgh in the Autumn.
David Ellis, Managing Director of The Ross Development Trust, said: "The view of the Ross Fountain with the castle in the backdrop has become a postcard image of the city. We therefore prioritised the restoration of this amazing and much-loved monument within the wider revitalisation project.
Councillor Donald Wilson, Culture and Communities Convenor for the City of Edinburgh Council, added: ‘It has sat in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle since the 18th Century and is one of the most recognisable features of the Gardens.
‘The restoration of the Ross Fountain is fantastic news for the city and I, like many others in Edinburgh, am looking forward to seeing it back in spring. We are very grateful to The Ross Development Trust for their continued support. This is an exciting step forward in the revitalisation of West Princes Street Gardens.”
Jim Mitchell of Industrial Heritage Consulting Ltd, is the project manager. He said: ‘‘It is a privilege to have now worked on yet another “A” listed iron fountain, after completing the Grand Fountain in Paisley. The Ross Fountain is technically much more challenging, with complex construction detailing. We are finding that the work is beginning not a moment too soon, with significant structural issues being revealed. However, people can rest assured that they will get back a fountain that will be good for another 100 years when conservation work is completed."
The whole conservation project is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2018 when the Ross Fountain will be in pristine condition and capable of withstanding the Scottish climate for the next 100 years.