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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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Ross Fountain

Restoration of the Ross Fountain is underway. 122 cast-iron pieces have been dismantled and removed to a restoration specialist for an overhaul. See our update.

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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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Princes Street Gardeners Cottage

Edinburgh Doors Open Day

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The Gardener’s Lodge is nestled in the corner of West Princes Street Gardens, below the floral clock and next to the monument to the Royal Scots. This C listed cottage was…

Ross Fountain restoration update

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The Ross Fountain is without question one of the most iconic landmarks in Edinburgh’s rich landscape and has stood proudly for 145 years  It had however been without water for…

Winning concept for Edinburgh’s new Ross Pavilion revealed

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An international collaboration led by US-based design practice wHY and including Edinburgh-based design studio GRAS, has won the competition to revitalise West Princes Street Gardens.    The announcement was made…

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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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