News 20.11.2009

St Andrew Square in Edinburgh wins top design award

This year’s Landscape Institute Awards, presented by writer and environmentalist Sir Jonathan Porritt, gave the top industry prize - the President’s Award - to St Andrew Square designed by landscape architects Gillespies.

St Andrew Square Gardens were redesigned to bring the space into public use for the first time in its history.

Councillor Stuart McIvor, Convenor of the Planning Committee with the City of Edinburgh, said: “This is great news for our city. St Andrew Square has been extremely popular since it opened over a year ago and this kind of recognition is a credit to all those involved.”

Partner Professor Brian Evans commented: "The simplicity of the final design at St Andrew Square Gardens masks the immense challenges of working on this project in such a historic context. We are really pleased that it has been recognised."

Landscape Institute President Neil Williamson said: "Gillespies’ work is a splendid example of public space fulfilling its potential and contributing to the life of the city”.

The City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian provided a funding package of £2.6m for the Project.

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