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Winning Concept

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

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From simply keeping in touch, volunteering your time to help maintain the Gardens, or making a donation, you can be part of the project to reimagine West Princes Street Gardens.

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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, you can see the summary of the findings here.

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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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Royal Scots monument in West Princes Street Gardens

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The Royal Scots Memorial in West Princes Street Gardens, opposite the Gardener’s Cottage, was unveiled by HRH Princess Mary on 5 August 1952.  The memorial comprises a main stone facing…

Work starts on the return of the Ross Fountain

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The first parts of the renovated Ross Fountain will be returned to the site within West Princes Street Gardens during February, now that the extensive work on the foundations is…

Behind the scenes of the Ross Fountain restoration

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With more than 120 pieces of cast-iron making up the Ross Fountain, the first step in its restoration – the dismantling and removal process – alone was a difficult enough challenge. …

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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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