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Conservation Update

An update on EWH funded conservation projects at Rutland Square, Victoria Terrace and Gardner's Crescent.

Feb 4, 2014

21-22 Rutland Square

A repayable grant of £23,113 from EWH has enabled essential restoration work to be completed at a category A-listed property in the West End.

The majority of building work has enhanced the upper levels of the gable elevation, which is visible from Shandwick Place and the new tram route through the World Heritage Site.

The north gable wallhead chimney has been rebuilt to match the original using authentic materials. Stonework at the roof level has also been restored using traditional lime mortar, after earlier repairs in cement had accelerated the deterioration of the stonework and caused flaking and cracking.

The grant has also helped with the replacement of the leadwork parapet gutter at the front of the property, which was causing further damage to the upper level stonework.

Quaker Meeting House

Conservation work at the historic Quaker Meeting House on Victoria Terrace is now completed. A grant of £32,400 from EWH has helped to improve the streetscape by replacing deteriorating and inappropriate windows. The newly installed French casement windows are energy efficient and sympathetic to the Victorian church architecture. The building is a highly valued community space, serving as a venue for musical performances, a meeting space for local youth groups and charities, and a venue during the Festival Fringe.

“Right now, with the installation complete, it is fantastic to see the final result, both from the outside and from inside the two rooms.”

“We are really delighted that we could engage craftsmen of the quality of Sturrock Joinery to do this work: I felt real pleasure when examining the workmanship and care that clearly accompany every detail, both the construction and fitting of the windows and the way that their frames have been fitted into the old stone facings.” John Phillips, Religious Society of Friends / Edinburgh Quakers.

Gardner’s Crescent

The project at Gardner’s Crescent to transform the damaged site into a valuable green space for local residents is now coming to a close.

Since 2006 the Friends of Gardner’s Crescent have been working tirelessly to restore character and authenticity to the communal gardens at the centre of the 19th century terraced crescent. Supported by a grant from EWH, the garden has been carefully landscaped with trees, flowerbeds and footpaths in keeping with an 1836 plan.

An attractive focal feature is the new Ainsley Gate at the south end of the crescent, erected in 2012. The low boundary wall has also been fully restored with local sandstone, and cast iron railings removed during the Second World War have now been reinstated, based on a surviving fragment of the originals.

The final phase of landscaping will create a paved roundel and seating area at the centre of the lawn. These finishing touches will be in place by spring in time for residents to enjoy the blossoming cherry trees.

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