Enhancing your Town Centre : a successful case study

Castle Street Project, part of 'Capital Streets' in Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh

The Castle Street Project was the first of a series of public realm improvements undertaken through the Capital Streets programme supported by Edinburgh City Centre Management, and Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh & Lothian. The project aimed to enhance the city centre experience and increase footfall by improving the quality of streets and spaces for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors.

A new road surface was laid using granite setts and Caithness flags, along with new street furniture and improved lighting. Power pods were included in the infrastructure to enable events to take advantage of the new spaces and provide a people-friendly environment.

Castle Street’s location within Edinburgh’s World Heritage site demanded extensive consultation with conservation bodies, residents and other agencies throughout the city, ensuring that everyone had an opportunity to participate in the design process. Controlled vehicular access and the restoration of a quality streetscape has made walking and exploring the whole area a more pleasant and satisfying experience. The outcome exceeded expectations and generated very positive feedback from across the spectrum of city centre stakeholders.