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The Causey set to be transformed

A EWH grant will help The Causey improve an historic area of Edinburgh’s Southside.

Sep 30, 2014

'The Causey', which connects Chapel Street with West Crosscauseway, is a historic space south of Edinburgh’s city centre, near the University of Edinburgh’s main campus. Its name comes from the fact that it runs across the city from east to west, and was paved, or ‘causeyed’, in 1599. Since the 1970s however, the area has configured as a traffic island, shifting its character to become a space dominated by cars.

The project is being led by local community group The Causey Development Trust, set up in 2007 to engage with local people, professionals and partner organisations. Its aim is to find a future for the area, freed from cars and re-designed for people.

The group are now about to prepare a final design based on the results of a community consultation. Some of the key elements are making West Crosscauseway into a shared surface with pedestrian priority, measures to slow the traffic on Buccleuch Street, opening up the forecourts and connecting the two historic churches on the site.

The EWH grant of £30,000 will help in developing the design up to the stage of tendering the work, and later with funding physical improvements to the public realm. Public art will also be a part of the project, as it emerged as a high priority from the public consultation. Artist Del Whitticase was appointed to run a series of creative workshops for local people, and the ideas generated will help inform the design team.

David Wood, Chair of Causey Development Trust, said: “We’re really excited to arrive at a key moment in the journey to permanently transform The Causey into a vibrant public space for people.

We’re delighted that The City of Edinburgh Council, in partnership with CDT, have appointed a Design Team led by Landscape Architects Ironside Farrar to develop a final design for The Causey, based on the ideas and aspirations of local people.

We’re very grateful to Edinburgh World Heritage, Sustrans Scotland, The City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh University, Creative Scotland and The Mickel fund who have provided funding for this stage. The design will be completed and ready for implementation in 2015.”

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