Gross.Max on board with three teams as landscape specialist

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

Seven teams have been shortlisted for the international competition to design a replacement for the Ross Bandstand in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens.

The new pavilion, costing around £25 million, will be used for arts events and will also include a visitor centre with a cafe, and updates to the listed gardens.

The seven architect-led teams are:

  • Adjaye Associates (UK) with Morgan McDonnell, BuroHappold, Turley, JLL, Arup, Plan A Consultants, Charcoalblue and Sandy Brown Associates
  • BIG Bjarke Ingels Group (Denmark) with jmarchitects, GROSS. MAX., WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Alan Baxter Associates, JLL, Speirs + Major, Charcoalblue and People Friendly Design
  • Flanagan Lawrence (UK) with Gillespies, Expedition Engineering, JLL, Arup and Alan Baxter Associates
  • Page \ Park Architects (UK) with West8, BuroHappold, Muir Smith Evans and Charcoalblue
    Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (Norway) with GROSS. MAX., AECOM, Groves-Raines Architects and Charcoalblue
  • wHY (USA) with GRAS, Groves-Raines Architects, Arup, O Street, Creative Concern, Noel Kingsbury, Yann Kersalé Studio, Lawrence Barth, Stuco, Alan Cumming, Aaron Hicklin, Alison Watson, Peter Ross, Adrian Turpin and Beatrice Colin
  • William Matthews Associates (UK) and Sou Fujimoto Architects (Japan) with GROSS. MAX., BuroHappold, Purcell and Scott Hobbs

The seven finalists have until 9 June to produce concept designs, which are due to go on show to the public in mid June. The winner is expected to be announced in early August. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.


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