Pupils’ Fountainbridge pictures are a big draw

Artwork adorns the Fountainbridge hoardings. Picture: Scott Taylor
Artwork adorns the Fountainbridge hoardings. Picture: Scott Taylor
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Rocket-powered cars and robot headteachers are just some of the things the Capital can look forward to in the future – according to pupils at a city school.

Children from Tollcross Primary School were invited to draw pictures of their predictions for a new display installed on hoardings along Melvin Walk in Springside, Fountainbridge.

More than 50 colourful artworks were submitted to the project – with 29 of them making the final cut.

And the youngster’s visions of the area’s future are nothing if not varied, taking in everything from robot butlers to floating skateboard ramps.

P6 pupil Soriya Osman states the future will be “a cat’s world” next to her drawing of two of her pets, while for environmentally-conscious Brock Murray in P6, everything about the future – from schools and houses to office blocks – will be eco-friendly.

P1 pupil Christopher Cook, meanwhile, saw the future as a dog swimming in the canal under a disco ball-like sun, while Conal McCartan in P3 envisioned a dining robot that “serves your dinner well” and a special transportation portal that could whizz you off to school.

The revealing project is part of a celebration of the Fountainbridge area by Grosvenor, the developer behind the £200 million Springside complex that has already created student accommodation, an apartment block and public square. Teaming up with the Evening News, the drive aims to showcase the area’s past, present and future on hoardings around the new site.

Robin Blacklock, project director at Grosvenor, said it was “fantastic” to see the pupil’s “imaginative visions of a futuristic Fountainbridge”.

He said: “The area has a rich heritage and a bright future as the regeneration projects in the pipeline get under way. It is especially heartening to see that among all the futuristic gadgets the children have also drawn people, as people are very much at the heart of this community.”

Alice Brown, headteacher at Tollcross Primary, said: “The children were really keen on the environmental theme in the drawings they put forward.

“I think the children have a really clear vision of the future – and technology is such a feature of their lives. They see technology as having an important role in their futures.”

While several phases of the Springside development have already been completed, the firm still aims to build an office and retail complex, as well as a four-star hotel and more homes.