Livingston firm secures “landmark” observatory project

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Simon Phillips

LIVINGSTON-based Esh Border Construction has been appointed to a project which will transform the City Observatory site on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill.

The firm said it will lead a £3 million second phase of redevelopment work, opening up the 19th century ‘birthplace of astronomy and timekeeping in Edinburgh’ for public use. Additionally, a new restaurant and gallery space will be added. 

The new restaurant will project over the north-east corner of the site and will be illuminated at night. Esh said the modern gallery will provide a “subterranean space” for artists, audiences and producers. The site grounds will also be restored.

Simon Phillips, Esh’s regional managing director for Scotland said, “We are delighted to be part of this landmark project that we are certain will inject new life into a hugely important site in the centre of Edinburgh.

“Historically, Calton Hill was a place for stargazing, but it will now house one of the finest visual arts spaces in the country as part of a wide-ranging attraction that will be open to all.

 “It will encourage creative interaction, while still placing a firm onus on the site’s astronomical origins, not to mention showcasing wonderful views over Edinburgh to the Forth Bridges. 

“We believe that is a key project for the city, its inhabitants, and its many visitors, helping to further enhance the Edinburgh experience.”