Walk-Up Avenue
Image of Walk-Up Avenue Site

Above: Image of Walk-Up Avenue Site

What is Walk Up Avenue? 

Walk-Up Avenue is an exciting project that will transform an unused site in Craigmillar, Edinburgh into a place that can be enjoyed by local people and visitors.

The Walk-Up Avenue Team will be working to change the (approx 2000sqm) area on Wauchope Avenue, across from Lidl, to extend the existing play area to create a new public space that supports small businesses and allows people to meet outdoors in the town centre.

This website will be your one-stop-shop for updates on the project as it progresses. We will share images and updates as we begin construction, as well as showcasing ways to get involved in the project - including dates for events and links to workshops. 

Activity will be focused towards the south of the site. There will be a sculptural entranceway, greenspace and planting, seating, flexible events space and 1 - 2 commercial spaces.

Project Programme

The project will be opening in Spring/Summer 2022

Phase 1

Winter 2021

- Preparation of the site

- Installation of sculptural 'beacon' entranceway

- Construction of a small commercial space

- Improvements to green space and planting, acting as an extension to the existing Vista Park

Phase 2

Winter 2021 - Spring 2022

- Delivery of flexible outdoor events space and further improvements to the landscape, site biodiversity and seating

- Delivery of a second small commercial space (tbc)

End of Phase 2: Launch event

How do I get involved?

In Spring/Summer 2021 we offered opportunities for nearby communities to share ideas for the site. The outcomes will be included in the opening event next year.

Youth Engagement

April - May

Throughout the next few months we will be undertaking workshops with local schools to create a temporary installation for the opening event. 


April - September

Want to take part digitally?

Use our Instagram Stickers to create a design for the installation and tell us what you enjoy about Craigmillar town or follow our instagram to keep up to date with the project progress! 

Whats New?

Below are all of our latest updates on Walk-Up Avenue.

The Team


New Practice
New Practice is an architecture firm based in Glasgow with a strong track record of delivering community engagement projects.

New Practice are undertaking the design and delivery of the landscape improvements and built elements of project as well as working with people in Craigmillar and across Edinburgh to bring the space to life.

Quantity Surveyor

Currie & Brown is an asset management and construction consultancy driven by innovation. They are global in reach and office network, but local in their delivery and relationships.

Currie & Brown are providing cost estimates for the project and coordinating health and safety in the
pre-construction phase.

Structural Engineering

Will Rudd have undertaken a vast range of briefs involving the use of innovative and conventional materials for new build projects ranging from hotels, residential and leisure complexes to factories, commercial offices, museums and national monuments.

Will Rudd will be ensuring that the structures designed will be safe and able to withstand the elements to which they will be exposed.

Building Services Engineers

Max Fordham solve problems through engineering to create elegant, practical solutions. They always aim to reduce waste, particularly of energy. They prefer natural systems and strive to seamlessly integrate engineering efficiency into every detail of a building.

Max Fordham will be looking at the servicing for the commercial unit(s) to ensure they have power.


City of Edinburgh Council is the client for this project. Funding is through the Scottish Government Town Centres Fund. The fund aims to enable local authorities to stimulate and support place-based economic investments which encourage town centres to diversify and flourish, creating footfall through local improvements and partnerships.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will the uses be for the buildings in the site?

This is currently under consideration. The building(s) will be designed to host a limited type of use that is both suitable for requirements of the project and complimentary to nearby businesses and neighbours. A document will be issued publicly for groups, organisations and businesses to express a note of interest for further discussion with the Walk Up Avenue team and City of Edinburgh Council.

Who owns the site?

City of Edinburgh Council owns the site and will be overseeing the management of future occupation and maintenance.

When is construction likely to commence?

We are currently planning to commence site clear up and initial landscaping and small scale construction works in Winter 2021. Where possible we will be utilising off-site fabrication to minimise disruption to the neighbouring properties. The construction will be phased with likely a single period of construction work beginning in Winter 2021 ready to launch in Spring/Summer 2022.

Have you done any research into environmental impacts?

An environmental impact statement will be included within the Design & Access Report for Planning Approval. We are committed to circular design principles for temporary built projects. We seek to make new buildings and sculptures as light touch on the site as possible, and try to avoid materials such as concrete and steel which have wider environmental impacts. Additionally, the design includes a significant improvement to the planting
(both in terms of area and range of species) increasing the amenity for people as well as for small animals, birds and creepy crawlies.

Will there be a public exhibition held to accompany the online consultation?

Due to ongoing social distancing restrictions it will not be possible for us to hold a physical exhibition. We will instead ensure this website, and our social media platforms, are kept up to date with outcomes of community engagement, design and construction information as the project progresses.

Can I provide written comments by other means?

We are happy to receive our representations via email or mail. Our postal address is 3 Ross Street, Glasgow, G1 5AR, please ensure your letter is addressed to New Practice and would reach us before April 31st.

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Walk Up avenue is a project for City of Edinburgh Council designed and delivered by New Practice.

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