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Tollcross Viability and Improvement Study

Tollcross Viability & Improvement Study - Updated

Note of Public Meeting held on Thursday 24th May 2007


This Final Report has been prepared for CEC Services for Communities to better understand the mechanisms to secure enhanced viability and vitality of Tollcross Town Centre and to set out a vision and an Action Plan for how this can be taken forward.

Key Issues are:

  • Clarifying the role of City of Edinburgh Council, Local Businesses, the Community Council and other stakeholders, who need to work in partnership to enhance the vitality of the centre based on a clear understanding of the contributions needed from all parties.
  • Better understanding of the changing role and opportunities for Tollcross as a result of current and forthcoming major investments in Fountainbridge, Quartermile, Edinburgh Quay and the Financial Services District that are changing the economic opportunities and basis for investment in the centre.
  • Addressing with urgency the constraints, image and environmental detractors that adversely impact on quality of place, the appeal, retail confidence and overall vitality of the centre.

Tollcross needs to move forward and capture the opportunity presented by investment in the local area to offer a town centre with greater appeal, better offer and a clearer function. Significant opportunity exists for Tollcross to capture the retail spend and attract customers and offer services to the new developments at Quartermile, Edinburgh Quay and Fountainbridge. The first stage is to recognise, embrace and communicate the opportunity for positive change and then to develop a clear plan that looks for all interests to work together and drive forward a broadly based 5-10 year programme of progressive change.

The key issues to address are:

  • Developing a more active, engaged Business Association to support the drive towards town centre regeneration
  • Making Tollcross a more distinctive, welcoming and appealing centre and a town centre destination of choice
  • Pressing forward on a breadth of measures with an early priority to focus on the Home / Leven Street core area
  • Addressing the sense of welcome, image, town centre parking and accessibility as priority actions
  • Establishing a ‘Town Centre Contract’ between public and private sectors, each committed and responsible for an agreed package of interlocking measures. Successful early delivery will support confidence encourage more inclusive participation and provide a clear demonstration of commitment and the capacity to deliver the vision.
Tollcross Viability & Improvement Study - Draft Report pdf (1.1mb)

Tollcross Viability & Improvement Study - Final Report pdf (1.39mb)

Plate 1 development supporting change for Tollcross town centre
Plate 2 Tollcross & other town centres indicated with 500m radius
Plate 3 site plan & aerial photograph
Plate 4 shop locations
Plate 5 consideration of short term on street parking
Plate 6 main routes
Plate 7 historical context
Plate 8 historical plans
Plate 9 King's Theatre, showing new canopy and ornamental railings
Plate 10 King's Theatre, pen & ink sketch

Tollcross Viability & Improvement Study - Report Plates pdf (1.12mb)

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Tollcross poised to lose fight for conservation area status
Tollcross is set to lose out on its bid to become one of the Capital's protected conservation areas - while plans to include neighbouring Bruntsfield are expected to get the go-ahead.
Evening News, Saturday, 14th April, 2007
Tollcross Study Planning Committee Report (19th April, 2007)

Vision to make Tollcross thrive
A plan to revamp Tollcross into a hub for shopping, dining and culture will be discussed at a public meeting later this month.
Evening News, Thursday, 5th April, 2007

An endless battle to keep Tollcross trundling along
The reputation of Tollcross as a busy junction was established right back at the turn of the last century when one of the Capital's four tram depots was located there.
Heritage & Culture, Saturday, 24th February, 2007

Time to rekindle a glorious past
I was right excited to read this week about a study which has been commissioned by the council with the idea to re-generate the Tollcross area of the city. And not before blimmin' time I say.
Evening News, Friday, 23rd February, 2007

Plans unveiled to 'put pizzazz' back into Tollcross
Ambitious plans to "put the pizzazz" back into run-down Tollcross into a hub for shopping, dining and culture have been revealed.
Evening News, Wednesday, 21st February, 2007