BUILDING UPGRADE FOR BOTANICS

The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh will hold a second public consultation at 20A Inverleith Row on 10 January to seek views about a major programme of redevelopment and refurbishment at its NE corner (18/09704/PAN). 

The Edinburgh Biomes Project envisages work on listed buildings/structures; construction of a glasshouse, research glasshouses, education and support buildings; landscaping; polytunnels/temporary decant facilities. 

If approved, the EBP would happen in stages over several years to allow seasonally sensitive plants to be relocated. Phase 1 would create a ‘state-of-the-art plant health suite’, and a more efficient energy centre to reduce the Glasshouses’ carbon footprint by 12%. An environmental impact assessment screening request was lodged on 14 November (18/09861/SCR) and is expected to be determined by delegated authority early next month.

The aim, says RBGE’s website, is to deliver ‘world-leading facilities that will protect the work of this national institution for the future’.

As well as Scottish Government funding, a substantial fund-raising appeal is expected to help cover the, as yet, undisclosed cost.

The consultation event will take place in the Fletcher Building, 20A Inverleith Place, on 10 January 2019, 4pm–7.30pm.

20A Inverleith Row
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