The view of the Ross Fountain with the Castle in the backdrop has become a postcard image if the city. The Ross Fountain has however now lain derelict and been without water for a number of years. As one of Edinburgh’s most recognised images The Ross Development Trust have prioritised the restoration of this amazing monument. We have commissioned an experienced heritage conservation specialist to manage the restoration process with work expected to start in the spring of 2017 pending Council consent.
The work required is extensive and budgeted at a figure in excess of £1million. The whole project should take most of the year 2017 to complete, and we are assured that after restoration, the Ross Fountain will be in pristine condition, capable of withstanding the Scottish climate for the next 100 years.
The original installation took place nearly 150 years ago, at a time when building practices were not as disciplined as the modern standards. The Fountain has little by way of foundations and over the years it has tilted off the vertical. It was installed at a time when water conservation was not an issue and subsequently has no system in place to recycle and manage the filtration of the water.
The programme is, therefore, following consent from the City of Edinburgh Council, to implement a restoration process which involves dismantling all 122 pieces of the fountain before individually repairing, restoring and repainting each piece. A proper foundation will be put in place during the period the fountain is being restored to make sure it has a steady base for its next 150 years in the Gardens. The fountain will then be rebuilt in the same location in which it currently sits.
Piling and ground works will be supplemented by an underground chamber that will house the necessary pumps, and filtration systems require for it to operate year round and allow it to be easily maintained and monitored to ensure we don’t end up with a non-operation fountain again.
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