Richardson & Starling help preparations for Hogmanay bash


WATER damage to the basement of the famous Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle was affecting the basement and stage area which could have jeopardised Scotland’s world famous Hogmanay celebrations.

Richardson & Starling, Scotland’s largest and oldest Building Preservation company, and part of the Veitchi Group, were asked by the City of Edinburgh Council for a solution to the building problem.

Graham Duncan, Managing Director of Richardson & Starling explained, “We work in all types of property all over Scotland and have previously worked in Edinburgh Castle. We were proud to be asked to help with the remedial works to such an iconic building as the Ross Bandstand which hosts the bands and celebrities at the world famous Hogmanay Celebrations.”

The company decided to use a Cavity Membrane System designed to manage and prevent water reaching the inner surfaces of the basement area. A new damp course was also added to the rear of the basement.

Senior Branch Manager of the company’s Edinburgh office Craig Dugdale said, “The damage was a serious concern and had the potential to affect the foundations of this famous building. The solution we chose was a tried and tested system which we were able to complete in four weeks – on time and on budget.”