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Winning Concept

From seven shortlisted designs for the Ross Pavilion, the concept from wHY was unanimously selected as the winner of the international competition.

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Survey results

We asked the public for their views and feedback on the plans to revitalise West Princes Street Gardens;  the results were overwhelmingly positive.

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The Ross Development Trust (RDT) Edinburgh

Our Mission

To create a unique, internationally recognisable venue for all to enjoy, in an attractive and reanimated West Princes Street Gardens, as a year round, socially inclusive centre promoting a diversity of cultural activities.

Edinburgh has historically excelled in the promotion of its assets based on its tradition, history and outstanding beauty; with the Castle and Old Town internationally recognised by their unique setting.

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Merry Christmas – and what a year it’s been!

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Hello and Season’s Greetings from all us here at the Ross Development Trust – we hope you had a very Merry Christmas! It has been a fantastic year for West…

New Lighting Highlights Ross Fountain Features at Night

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The Ross Fountain in Edinburgh’s West Princes Street Gardens is, for the first time, glistening after dark as the new lighting was switched on today, Thursday 1st November. The recently…

We filmed the big switch-on of the restored Ross Fountain

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Watch our beautiful short-film of last month’s official switch-on of the magnificently-restored Ross Fountain. Actor and radio presenter Grant Stott kicked-off the day-long celebration that saw Edinburgh families, residents and…

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We are looking forward to working with wHY to develop our vision for West Princes Street Gardens. Over the next few months, we will work with the design team and the people of Edinburgh to develop the brief for the Gardens. It’s an exciting time for the City.

Andy NealTrustee, The Ross Development Trust

To be selected from so many extraordinary thinkers is an honour. We felt a personal connection to the Gardens and believe our design embodies how important collaboration and people are to making a place remarkable.

Kulapat YantrasastFounder and Creative Director of wHY

This is a special opportunity for a special place, not just for Edinburgh but the world. The new Ross Pavilion and Gardens draw from the rich natural history, heritage and creative spirit of Scotland, embodying a model approach for integrating public architecture and urban space in a top global city. Our team looks forward to realising this vision with the Ross Development Trust and the people of Edinburgh.

Mark ThomannwHY’s Landscape Design Director

wHY is a creative force that has the rare skill of being able to produce design that is exciting yet also sensitive and humane – it is a delight to see them win so exuberantly.

Malcolm ReadingCompetition Director

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