Saughton Park makeover images go on display

Initial designs for the major redevelopment of Saughton Park and Gardens will go on display today. Image: Rebecca Gordon
Initial designs for the major redevelopment of Saughton Park and Gardens will go on display today. Image: Rebecca Gordon
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Designs for the £5.3 million redevelopment Saughton Park will be unveiled at a special exhibition today.

The first impressions of the proposed redesign will go on display at the Winter Garden between 4pm and 8pm.

Visitors will be able to ask about the plans with designers Ironside Farrar.

Lesley Hinds, Edinburgh city council’s environment convener, said: “This is a very important stage in the project to revive Saughton Park and its wonderful gardens, as we get a first glimpse of designers’ vision for restoring it to its former glory.

“We have been eager to involve local people throughout this process, and now the community can come along and tell us what they think of these exciting new ideas.”

The design team also includes Sutherland Hussey Architects, Peter McGowan Associates, Richard Shorter Architect and David Narro Associates.

An extensive public consultation exercise has already taken place.

In 1908 the park was redesigned for the Scottish National Exhibition.

The first revamp resulted in changes and a number of new features including sports facilities, a bandstand and winter and botanical gardens.

The project to restore the park secured almost £400,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to allow a design plan to be developed.