Edinburgh public spaces

Public realm is parts of the city that are for people to see and use without charge 24 hours a day. This includes

  • streets
  • squares
  • parks.

The public realm strategy - PDFs sets out our vision for the city and has details on materials, lighting and areas for investment.

Public Space Public Life

The Public Space Public Life study - PDFs was done by Jan Gehl Architects for the Council. It looked at walking on

  • Princes Street
  • George Street
  • Rose Street.

The study was reported to the Policy and Strategy Committee.

Sustainable lighting strategy

The sustainable lighting strategy - PDFs provides an approach to lighting issues that will be addressed through day to day works done by us and our partners.

Work will take place on historic lighting in the city centre and this will extend to other areas. Find out about the history of street lighting in the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh by Edinburgh World Heritage.