Key facts

Client: Water of Leith Trust and Millennium Commission
Project Value: £5.5m
Dates: To April 2004 but continued on Trust development matters until 2013

Project Management, Quantity Surveying, Principal Designer

The Water of Leith Walkway extends over a distance of approximately 13 miles from Balerno to Leith. Sections of the walkway have existed for many years, often following riverside paths and disused railway track beds. In a project funded jointly by The Millennium Commission, the City of Edinburgh Council and Lothian and Edinburgh Enterprise, Hardies organised the design and construction of new portions to provide the full link, refurbishment of existing portions and a Visitor Centre at Longstone adapted from an existing building. The Visitor Centre (pictured) comprises an exhibition area, educational centre, office space and a café.

The aim of the project was to enhance and develop Edinburgh’s river as a green corridor of amenity, wildlife and educational value for local communities and visitors to the city. It provides new walkway sections along the Water of Leith, improves the condition of the existing walkway and incorporates picnic and play areas. The design includes new footbridges, pedestrian ramps, upgraded car parking facilities, provision of signage and interpretation panels, new planting and eradication of invasive plant species i.e. Giant Hogweed. The visitor and educational centre at Lanark Road in Edinburgh also provides office and community meeting facilities for the Water of Leith Trust. The centre has now been established as an area of excellence both as a visitor attraction and as an educational facility for the benefit of the Edinburgh public and local community.

Hardies Managing Partner is now a trustee for the Water of Leith Conservation Trust and provides ongoing support and advices for all grant aided developments, repairs and capital spend works undertaken by the Trust.

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