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Edinburgh WHS, Scotsman steps, and a Turner prizewinner

Author Nem
#1 | Posted: 26 Aug 2009 13:49 | Edited by: Nem

Anything which makes the steps more bearable will be welcome!

Currently, these are used by drunks, druggies, as a public lavatory, a longstanding problem.

I gather a clean, a gate at night, CCTV etc are all also planned, in association with Edinburgh World Heritage and the council.

It will be interesting to see what Creed does with the space.

A little past history:

Scotsman Steps up!
A plan is being put together to restore the Scotsman Steps to their former glory.
The Category 'A' listed site leading from North Bridge to Market Street provides a shortcut between the different levels of our World Heritage Old Town.

But the once-prestigious steps are now a dim, damp and uninviting passage.

Extensive renovations are required to restore the ornate stonework, tiles and decorative wrought iron grilles.

Vandalism and antisocial behaviour are big problems within the steps. With their proximity to nightclubs this is a particular problem at night.

Built in 1899 as part of the Renaissance-style Scotsman building, the steps were designed by James Dunn and James Finlay as a magnificent public passageway.

The steps also played host to popular art exhibitions during the 1960s and 1970s.

When the newspaper moved into new facilities in Holyrood in 2000, the building was converted into a hotel and the doorways and windows of the steps were cemented up.

A range of partners including the City Centre Neighbourhood Team, Edinburgh World Heritage and the owners of the Scotsman Hotel, hope to work together to develop a plan to preserve the steps and restore them to their former glory .

A number of suggestions to improve safety include the addition of security gates at the top and bottom to be locked at night, security lighting and CCTV cameras.

Author Nem
#2 | Posted: 7 Sep 2009 11:07 | Edited by: Nem 
Here's an update from the EWH site

and other Edinburgh news

including this snippet

While the opportunity for public art has been seized with the Scotsman Steps, on the other side of the Waverley valley, an opportunity is being lost. While warmly welcoming proposals for the repair and restoration of Waverley Station's roof, the proposal includes the tidying up of the surrounds of the station, with the demolition of the plinth to the north of the station on the Calton Road (which once formed part of the Jeffrey St footbridge . We put forward, with the Ingleby Gallery , a proposal to Network Rail and the station manager for the repair of the plinth and its use for the temporary display of public art Edinburgh's answer to the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square in London if you like only to be told that demolition was required for "operational purposes". We have not yet had any clarity on what these purposes might be other than car parking.

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