Market building with conference center restaurant above
DPZ Master Plan, the beltway is on the right and the plan is split by the M8 motorway
This close up shows the portion of the master plan that surrounds our site. The 35 acre Calyx Gardens are shown just west of the site. The Union Canal, a contour canal that connects Glasgow and Edinburgh bisects the site from east to west. Parts of our site have long views west along the length of the canal. Residential blocks line both sides of the canal behind a greenbelt of varying depth.
Plan of the vicinity of the new green
Detail of the green
1. Visitor's Center
2. Conference Center
3. Farmer's Market
4. Event Green
5. Canal Lawn
6. Union Canal
8. Calyx Parking
9. 10" Gas Line
10. Footpath to Calyx
This views looks north and west along the route of the gas line. The canal bridge is just off the top of the drawing.
View south and east with the ravine and Union canal bridge in the foreground; the new green in the center
Axonometric of the Visitor's Center
The Visitor's Center
This fifteen acre site is part of a seven hundred acre DPZ master plan for a proposed development on the western edge of Edinburgh. The site is bounded on the south by an existing road, on the west by a ravine and creek, and on the north by the Union Canal built around 1820 to connect Glasgow and Edinburgh.
There is a magnificent canal bridge over the ravine just off the northwest corner of the site, and just to the west of this bridge, a livestock bridge connects fields that flank the canal.
The site has a manageable fall from southeast to northwest. The ravine has grades of about twenty percent. There is an immovable 10 inch gas pipe and easement running diagonally through the site. The common is about a hectare in area, the size of Charlotte Square in New Town, Edinburgh.
The program consists of the visitor center for a proposed new national garden, a conference center and hotel, a market, a neighborhood school, retail and housing. The thirty four acre garden, across the ravine to the west, will be designed to accommodate about half a million visitors a year, and parking for visitors requires a large portion of the site between the common and the highway. There is a block of retail and housing infill in the middle of the common which divides a large space into two spaces more in keeping with the two, three and occasional four story buildings that line them.