George Street, New Town, Edinburgh, Scotland

February 10-17 2002


George Street
Objectors who hope to block plans to close Princes Street to all private traffic will learn on Monday [18.02.02] what the arrangements are for a public inquiry. Edinburgh City Council wants to shut the showpiece thoroughfare, which is already closed to eastbound traffic, westbound as well. But opposition politicians and a significant number of New Town residents are fiercely opposed to the move. They claim it would be a waste of money that will only divert traffic on to other streets such as George Street. The Labour administration believes the measure will be an important step towards improving the street’s tarnished image.
Newcomers to Edinburgh are often surprised to learn that George Street – not Princes Street – was conceived as the Capital’s major thoroughfare in the original masterplan for the Edinburgh New Town.

Waverley Station redevelopment
Waverley Station
photograph © Adrian Welch
Martin Hulse outlines the emerging situation at Waverley Station

Does Edinburgh need an Architecture Centre?
London, Manchester, Bristol and Glasgow all have an Architecture Centre.
Now Belfast is considering an Architecture Centre.
Building Design of 8 Febreports on Belfast Architecture Centre….Gerry Miller, Head of Capital Works at Belfast City Council said, he "expected architects to take a ‘big role;’ in the architecture centre and added that it might be possible to secure some funding from the council itself":

Princes Street: time for a Spring Clean?
The following Princes Street Edinburgh outlets are believed not to have planning permission: "Phones 4U (east end unit), Toskana, Cosan, Levi, Miss Hype, the two now-empty Christmas shops": we aim to campaign with The Cockburn Association to help clean up some of Princes Street’s development problems.

Shrub Place
Former LRT Depot redevelopment, off Leith Walk: Decision

Arbroath Centre
Arbroath Medical Centre PR by Campbell & Arnott

East Lothian: New Town
Planning officials have set their sights on the former Scottish Coal site at Blindwells, near Tranent, as the most promising site for creating an entire new town. East Lothian council is trying to identify space for 5000 new homes in the coming years to cope with growing demand for properties in the area. Other sites, including Fenton Barns and Drem, are also being considered.

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Dean Gallery
Dean Gallery
image © Adrian Welch

St James Centre
John Lewis Edinburgh
photo © Adrian Welch

omni edinburgh
omni edinburgh
picture from the architect

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