Craigmillar Town Centre Temporary Greening project transformed a vacant development site in Craigmillar which is reserved for a new high school, not scheduled to be built until 2020, into a temporary greenspace. The site is at the centre of the wider Craigmillar regeneration area, adjacent to the newly-built Community Hub and neighbouring plots at varying stages of development.
Craigmillar Town Centre Temporary Greening forms part of a wider plan for the redevelopment of Craigmillar Town Centre. The masterplan, which was approved in December 2014, includes 330 homes, a retail centre, restaurant, community play area and high school – where the temporary greenspace will be situated until building commences. Also taking place within this site, although separate to the project, is a Community Construction Challenge project, spearheaded by the local authority, which provides young people with the opportunity to gain practical experience of construction and work skills to help them achieve a positive destination after leaving school.
The design element of the project was carried out by landscape architects Harrison Stevens in conjunction with Edinburgh Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT) and EDI Group. Community engagement – as well as paths, tree planting and other associated works – were overseen by ELGT.
The project has 5 key elements:
1. Creation of new paths and the upgrading of existing ones, providing key
active travel routes through the site.
2. A formally laid-out civic area comprised of extra-heavy standard trees, to
be planted in planters and which anticipates the future design and layout of
the civic square. This will be accompanied by an adjacent area of
containerised fruit trees to create a community orchard.
3. A new area of permanent woodland alongside a section of path.
4. An area of temporary woodland on an area to be developed in the future
which allows for community engagement and involvement.
5. Meadow flower planting at key locations on the rest of the site,
principally alongside the paths, which will provide an attractive setting and
which lend themselves to low maintenance whilst maintaining a sense of
purposes, helping eliminate the sense of the area being neglected. The
wildflower areas would help tie together the other aspects of the site, bringing it all together as a whole.
This project provides an example of how vacant land, in an urban setting, can be transformed to provide greenspace that acts as a focal point for the community as well as an important active travel route.
Craigmillar Town Centre will continue to be redeveloped, with a new retail centre, public square, community play park, high school and further housing due to be completed over the next six years.
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