Teams invited for historic Edinburgh site in shadow of the castle

The existing Ross Bandstand, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh © Malcolm Reading Consultants/David Springford

Multidisciplinary, architect-led teams are invited to express interest in a competition for a £25m new pavilion and visitor centre in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens.

The Ross Pavilion will be situated on the site of the current bandstand in the west gardens, part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, below Edinburgh Castle. At least five finalists will be invited to produce concept designs for the pavilion, visitor centre and cafe, and appropriate landscape. It is intended that the pavilion will host arts events on all scales.

Norman Springford, chairman of the Ross Development Trust and competition jury chair, said: This is a project for one of the most important places in Scotland and we want it to communicate the very essence of Edinburgh: a dynamic city with an unrivalled arts and cultural pedigree – a city that’s forward-looking while tuned into its history.

‘Designers will need to be sensitive to context and historic setting – the Castle being a Scheduled Ancient Monument, the gardens having botanical, commemorative and civic interest.’

The submission date for the first stage is 13 March. The shortlist is expected to be announced later that month, and the winner in August, with construction scheduled to start in 2018. 

Find full details and details of how to enter here.

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