We were delighted to welcome David Ellis at our 25 February meeting to hear about progress on the Quaich Project. According to the minutes of 25 February 2020:
"D Ellis explained that The Quaich Project is a partnership between the Council and the Ross Development Trust, the charitable trust set up about five years ago by Norman Springford and himself to utilise a gift of £5m from Norman Springford to replace the dilapidated Ross Bandstand in West Princes Street Gardens. After consultation with community groups, residents and other stakeholders it became apparent that there was enthusiasm for replacing the bandstand in much the same form as at present. The discussion was expanded to include the Gardens – access, trees, café provision, paths, signage and lighting. A brief was drawn up for an architectural competition which was held in 2017 and attracted a huge international response. The entries were narrowed down to seven designs. Both the public vote and the review panel’s vote were in favour of the same design which is being developed for submission of a planning application by the end of May. There will then be a period of public consultation on the plans.
D Ellis reported that he will be involved in international fundraising to raise £25m for the Project. Norman Springford has stepped down as Chair of the Project following targeted criticism that he has a commercial interest in promoting the Project.
D Ellis clarified that the aim of the Project is delivery of the new bandstand and improvements to the Gardens. The running of the new bandstand, the events to be held there, licensing and other commercial use of the space will all be managed by the Council. The aim of the Project is to benefit the whole city and not just the immediate area."