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Updates on our latest conservation projects

28th February 2018

Edinburgh World Heritage

Edinburgh World Heritage administers a Conservation Funding Programme to help property owners within the site conserve their historic building. Here are just a few of the projects we are currently supporting.

Works in the West End

Clarendon Crescent, along with Dean Bridge and Buckingham Terrace, form one of the key entry points into the New Town, and Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. Designed by John Tait, the crescent is an example of the mid 19th-century treatment of urban classical architecture that was influential throughout Britain and Europe.

Edinburgh World Heritage is supporting conservation work at 17-18 Clarendon Crescent to address the deterioration of the stonework, especially on the front façade. The work includes using appropriate matching materials like natural stone and lime mortar to repair (or replace when necessary) the unique architectural details, such as pedimented first floor windows.

“A better class of artisans”

The work on a new shopfront at 67 Rose Street is almost complete. The shop forms an important part of the original fabric of the New Town, one of the most important and best preserved examples of Georgian urban planning in Britain. Rose Street is part of James Craig’s first New Town Plan of 1767, described as having been built for ‘the better class of artisans’.

We are supporting the restoration of the shopfront to its original design, on the basis of detailed recording and comparative evidence, and by using traditional materials and methods like lime harling. This gives the shopfront a particular historical and architectural significance in the context of the street, and of the World Heritage Site as a whole. Read more about our work on historical shopfronts.

A presence in the crescent

Good progress is being made at number 2 Grosvenor Crescent in Edinburgh’s West End, in an area of the New Town known as West Coates after the house and estate that stood here in the early 19th century.

We are supporting conservation work to address the eroding masonry, and water problems in the roof of this Listed Category B property. Using appropriate matching materials like natural stone, lime mortar and Scottish slate, these repairs will help improve the appearance of this property and contribute to the overall impression of the crescent, designed by architect John Chesser in 1869.