WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has won a commission from the Ross Development Trust to develop proposals for a £25 million project including a new road bridge into Edinburgh’s famous West Princes Street Gardens.
The feasibility study also includes improvements for the west side of the gardens, including the replacement of the historic Ross Bandstand.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff director Gordon Allerton said: “Our part in the project involves carrying out a feasibility study where we will look at all types of constraints from archaeology and cultural heritage to noise and vibration.
“This will help us to determine the best type of bridge for vehicles to access the Ross Bandstand’s replacement and its supporting amenities.
A new road bridge would form a gateway for improved vehicular access to help service the improved west side of the gardens.
David Ellis, Project Director at The Ross Development Trust: “Our goal with the redevelopment of the Ross Bandstand and West Princes Street Gardens is to create a unique and recognisable venue for all to enjoy and to make it a socially inclusive centre in Edinburgh which promotes a diverse range of activities.
“WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s study will be important to help us determine what type of bridge is required for improved access to the gardens and will form an integral part in the replacement of the Ross Bandstand”.
The Ross Development Trust is working with the City of Edinburgh Council and consultants Malcolm Reading Consultants and recruiting a team of architects, landscape designers, engineers and other specialists for the project.