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Old December 19th, 2018, 03:57 PM   #1
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Review of 2018

Firstly, I'd like to thank all the posters whose contributions make this forum one of the best place on the web to be kept informed with all the latest developments in the Edinburgh area. I think Kenspeckle deserves a special mention though, your posts put the Evening News to shame.

So what does everyone think about 2018 regarding Edinburgh developments? Any particular highlights or disappointments?

My highlights are (in no particular order):
  • Progress on the St James Centre
  • Redevelopment of the City Observatory on Calton Hill
  • The Ross Fountain reopening
My disappointments (again, in no particular order):
  • Tram development decision kicked into next year
  • Lack of progress down at the Waterfront
  • Lack of progress at The Haymarket
  • No major redevelopment of the Jury's Inn
Also, I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Old December 19th, 2018, 04:24 PM   #2
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Wholeheartedly agree re: Kenspeckle. Man's a legend and why this forum is my first port of call to be informed.

Highlights in order:

1. Ross Fountain reopening and subsequent lighting installation. Joy!
2. Completion of Bristo Square.
3. The sheer speed at which work seems to be going at St. James Centre.
4. Good to see the gap site finally filled at Market Street by the new hotel.


1. The Festivals seem to be increasingly treating public spaces as their own.
2. Martin Perry potentially influencing the outcome of the IMPACT Centre.
3. The snails pace at which work has been done on North Bridge and the lack of clarity to the public.

Happy Christmas pals!
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Old December 20th, 2018, 11:02 AM   #3
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Collective Gallery, 26 Bath St, Social Bite Village, Bayes Centre, Bridgend Farmhouse
Real momentum on the Waterfront - W Harbour revised design framework, Edinburgh Marina, CEC's Granton plans
Unexpected announcements - Johnnie Walker Experience & Leith film studio
Leith Theatre rebirth - though there's still a long way to go
Waverley Masterplan announcement
City Centre Transformation project launch - I know we've been here before and I shouldn't get my hopes up but I can't help it!


Waterfront Plaza - short-sighted planning decision of the year (or any year)
Picardy Place redesign guddle
Leith Walk Tramway Depot demolition
Failure to fully incorporate Dundas House into the IMPACT Centre
IBG seemingly no further forward than last year (or the year before that)
Increasingly hostile/hysterical planning atmosphere where quality of design doesn't seem part of the conversation

Thanks to everyone whose contributed to the forum throughout the year - Merry Christmas & a good New Year to all!
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Old December 20th, 2018, 12:26 PM   #4
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I am still relatively wet around the ears in relation to this forum and the subjects discussed within it. Urban design, planning, construction etc is curiosity that I am exploring in more detail and looking to learn more about.

In that regard, this forum is an excellent resource and I doff my cap to those who regularly post on here and know 'their onions' so to speak. Special mention, like others, to Kenspeckle who is without question the impetus behind many and most conversations on this board, your graft is noted and appreciated!

Highlight for me is learning more about the planning and applications process in Edinburgh via the development at Steads Place, that in itself however is also a lowlight as its not a development I am personally happy with.

Onwards to 2019.

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Old December 20th, 2018, 06:34 PM   #5
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First, along with others, well done to Kenspeckle for making this such a good site. I particularly like the development summary.

Highlight for me would be the general scale of activity across the city - there is so much going on.

Lowlights would be the lack of any particularly exciting architecture and the creeping privatisation of public space and views.

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