Within the scope of the design competition will be a Visitor Centre to compliment the new Pavilion. This will be used to host a cafeteria as well as small scale daily events.
The visitor centre will be the only completely new addition to the Gardens as the other elements of the project are replacing or improving elements that already exist. The new visitor centre will offer a solution to a number of issues identified by the Trust. One of these is access. One of our key objectives is to create a place to be enjoyed by everyone. Access to the Gardens is in need of improvement and the Visitor centre will do this through its direct link to Princes Street, offering much improved disabled access through better footpaths and a lift.
The roof of this new facility will provide a viewing gallery with stunning views of the new Pavilion with Edinburgh Castle in the backdrop. The majority of the new visitor centre will be located under-ground using the contours of the land. Its impact as a new space on the rest of the gardens will there for be minimum in terms of its displacement.
We will also use this space to house a cafeteria with superb views looking onto the new Pavilion and the castle. This will be relocated from the area next to the Ross Fountain which is currently home to the catering offering within the gardens. By doing this we will free up a lot of space by the fountain including the red blaes area which will be re-landscaped to provide a much better garden space for all to enjoy. This re-landscaping opportunity is covered within the scope of the design competition.
The Visitor centre will also provide another facility for contained small daily events without a noticeable effect on the gardens themselves. Images of what the proposed visitor centre will look like will be shared on our website and through a public display after the shortlisted design teams submit their proposals.
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