Ongoing Updates - The Scottish National Gallery project

To keep you in the loop on the Scottish National Gallery project, here you'll find all the latest news  on the construction work around the Mound Precinct and East Princes Street Gardens.  

The work in East Princes Street Gardens is part of a wider redevelopment that create a new world-class set of galleries to better showcase our amazingly rich collection of historic Scottish art. The new accessible path will also greatly help those with mobility impairments, wheelchairs and prams. 

Five reasons why we are redeveloping the Scottish National Gallery

Turf in the lower section of East Princes Street Gardens

22nd August 2019

We have begun the preparations for laying the turf in the lower section of East Princes Street Gardens, which we hope to complete over the course of next week depending on the weather. We’d like to take this time to apologise to everyone in Edinburgh for the delay, but due to the heavy rain, we needed to wait until the ground was less saturated.

The grass will require protection for several weeks to ensure it settles in, and we will co-ordinate with the Council’s park department as to when the area can be used.

Opening of accessible path

2nd August 2019

This afternoon we opened our new accessible path in East Princes Street Gardens. Thanks for bearing with us while we carried out this work. Temporary barriers are in place to protect the grass seeding, and the turf in the lower section will be laid in the coming weeks.

We want to thank everyone who lives or works in Edinburgh for your patience while we carried out this work in East Princes Street Gardens and the Mound precinct, as part of our redevelopment of the Scottish National Gallery. 

The path was designed to make it much easier for those with mobility issues, prams and pushchairs to move through the gardens. We have temporary fencing in place to protect the grass while it is established.

Opening of the Mound Precinct

19th July 2019

We’re happy to announce that we’ve reopened the Mound Precinct and the top path in East Princes Street Gardens today. The public are now able to use these with immediate effect. We are finalising work to the accessible path and lower gardens, which we aim to complete soon.

Thanks to everyone for your patience while we carry out this work to make East Princes Street Gardens accessible for all.

Welcome to our new café, Espresso

4th July 2019

We are pleased to announce that our new café in the foyer of the Mound entrance of the Scottish National Gallery has officially opened.

Espresso, operated by Contini, will offer a quick counter service for coffees, cakes and light snacks.

The finishing touches to the interiors were completed at the end of June, with a bronze and taupe colour scheme to enhance Playfair’s A-listed gallery building.

Turf is now in place in the Gardens

29 August 2019

We have completed the laying of the turf on the lower section of East Princes Street Gardens. Protective barriers are currently in place to ensure the grass settles in.

We are co-ordinating with the City of Edinburgh Council to open this section as soon as possible.

23 August 2019