Edinburgh's Gardens project launched

Published: 22 March 2019

A twenty-five million pound campaign to help pay for a radical overhaul of part of Princes Street Gardens has been launched with the support of Game of Thrones star Iain Glen.

The Edinburgh-born actor has recorded a voice-over for an animated film which has been unveiled to coincide with the kick-starting of at least three years of fundraising. The Quaich Project.

The Quaich Project will realise the promise of the winning design and ensure enjoyment for generations to come...

Donald Wilson, Culture Convener, The City of Edinburgh Council

 

The Quaich Project, as the revamp will be known from today, will create a new arena for open-air concerts and events in West Princes Street Gardens, replacing the existing Ross Bandstand.

Named after Scotland’s traditional cup of friendship, the new identity is said to have been inspired by the bowl-shaped topography of the gardens.

An international design contest to find a find a replacement for the bandstand was launched two years ago after councillors agreed to let Mr Springford pursue the project.

A winning concept design, led by American architects wHY and involving Edinburgh-based design studio GRAS, was chosen in August 2017.

Promoters DF Concerts have confirmed nine gigs in August under the banner of the Summer Sessions. Mr Springford said: “Our vision is to champion a project to make the gardens truly world class and accessible to all members of the community. The renewed gardens will offer a more enjoyable and pleasant experience for everyone.”

Jules Haston, director of development at the trust, said: “The Quaich Project is unique, Scottish and perfectly captures the sentiment of our vision. Focusing on friendship will give us a great platform for launching our fundraising campaign...”

Full story via The Scotsman News

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