WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff wins Edinburgh Gardens project

Professional services consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has been appointed to work on a project that is set to regenerate Edinburgh’s West Princes Street Gardens.

The project, managed by the Ross Development Trust in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council, will see a vast array of improvements made to the gardens, including the replacement of the Ross Bandstand and “incremental” improvements including restoring the Ross Fountain and upgrading the garden’s cafeteria facilities, re-landscaping, wayfinding and lighting.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has been appointed to carry out a feasibility study for a new road bridge to improve vehicular access to the Gardens.

Gordon Allerton, director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, said, “This project in Edinburgh’s West Princes Street Gardens is a very exciting one, not just for us but for the people of the city.

“Our part in the project involves carrying out a feasibility study where we will look at all types of constraints from archaeology and cultural heritage to noise and vibration. This will help us to determine the best type of bridge for vehicles to access the Ross Bandstand’s replacement and its supporting amenities.”

He added, “The gardens are one of Edinburgh’s most recognisable locations so it’s great to be working with the Ross Development Trust and the City of Edinburgh Council on a project which will not only improve the area but potentially help the city win bids for major cultural events.”

David Ellis, project director at the Ross Development Trust, commented, “We are looking forward to working with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff on what will be a great project for the city of Edinburgh.

“Our goal with the redevelopment of the Ross Bandstand and West Princes Street Gardens is to create a unique and recognisable venue for all to enjoy and to make it a socially inclusive centre in Edinburgh which promotes a diverse range of activities.

“WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s study will be important to help us determine what type of bridge is required for improved access to the gardens and will form an integral part in the replacement of the Ross Bandstand.”