The Ross Pavilion Design Competition – Free exhibition of shortlisted designs

An exhibition of shortlisted entries for the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition will be on public display at Edinburgh’s City Arts Centre Wednesday-Sunday each week from 21st June until 30th July.

Admission is free to the exhibition, which is housed on the Floor-1 Gallery of the Arts Centre building located at 2 Market Street, just behind Waverley Street Station. Edinburgh’s residents, and anyone with an affinity for West Princes Street Gardens, are invited to visit the exhibition and view designs and storyboards from the 7 architect-led teams whose entries are shortlisted.

Anyone visiting the exhibition will have the opportunity to provide the Ross Development Trust, who are running the competition, feedback on its plans to replace the Ross Bandstand and revitalise West Princes Street Gardens. Feedback forms will be available at the exhibition.

In addition, young children visiting the exhibition can take part in a fun contest to create their own design for a new Pavilion. The most interesting kids designs will be published on the Trust’s website and facebook.

From 21st June you can view the shortlisted designs online here on our website, where you’ll also be able to submit your views on plans to replace the Ross Bandstand with a new Pavilion and comment on the Trust’s plans to revitalise West Princes Street Gardens.

Here follows a brief overview of the Ross Pavilion contest, its place within a wider ambition to revitalise Edinburgh’s West Princes Street Gardens and an introduction to The Ross Development Trust, who are leading the project to improve Edinburgh’s much-loved Gardens on every level.


The Ross Bandstand, originally built in the 1870s and located centrally within West Princes Street Gardens, has fallen into disrepair and is no longer fit for purpose.The Ross Development Trust, whose wider plans are to lead a revitalisation of the Gardens, ran an International Design Competition to find a winning design for a replacement Pavilion.

The Trust is working in close partnership with the the City of Edinburgh Council, and with other key stakeholders such as Historic Environment Scotland, the Cockburn Association and Edinburgh World Heritage.

What the competition sets out to do:

  • Replace the old Bandstand with a new multi-use performance venue in the form of a Pavilion. To be known as the Ross Pavilion.
  • Remove the barrier and ‘dead-zone’ created by the old Bandstand to allow improved public movement year-round through the Gardens
  • Return large parts of what is a concrete void to garden use
  • Install a new Pavilion which is sensitive to the historic context and setting of the Gardens while also reflecting Edinburgh’s contemporary energies
  • Ensure the new Pavilion is accessible to residents and visitors alike and meets the needs of event promoters like the Edinburgh Festival

About the competition:

  • Competition sought an outstanding team of architects, landscape designers, engineers and other specialists for the new Ross Pavilion – estimated budget £25m
  • Competition overseen by Malcolm Reading Consultants on behalf of the Trust
  • Jury assembled by the Ross Development Trust included architects Ada Yvars Bravo, Malcolm Reading and Riccardo Marini, author Alexander McCall Smith and Sir Mark Jones, former Director of the National Museum of Scotland and the V&A
  • 125 teams (made up of 400 individual firms) entered the competition with over half the submissions coming from overseas
  • 7 finalist teams, each led by an architect, shortlisted 29th March 2017, with their design entries on public display from mid-June for 6 weeks

The Shortlist

The shortlisted designs are from teams led by the following architects:

  • Adjaye Associates (UK)
  • BIG Bjarke Ingels Group (Denmark)
  • Flanagan Lawrence (UK)
  • Page \ Park Architects (UK)
  • Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (Norway)
  • wHY (USA)
  • William Matthews Associates (UK) and Sou Fujimoto Architects (Japan)

You can view more details of the shortlisted design here

For more information about the Ross Development Trust and our plans to revitalise West Princes Street Gardens, explore our website, like our facebook or follow us on twitter.

You can also:

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make a donation to help the Trust raise the vital funds for revitalising the Gardens.

volunteer your time to assist with our project.