Information about the suspension of car parking facilities in the Central Area
The Hunter Building car park at ECA closed in July 2012 due to major refurbishment works.
The car park was due to re-open for parking on 10th September, however due to unforeseen problems the building work at the Hunter Building is not yet complete and it will remain out of use until January 2013.
Alternative parking is available in the Keir Street car park.
Building works commence on the David Hume Tower Lower Ground Floor Teaching Hub on Friday 28th September 2012
Half of the parking in this area is already out of use, due to the ongoing refurbishment of 50 George Square (Information about this is shown below). The planned works for the new Teaching Hub will mean that parking in the remaining section of the car park will be suspended, and the car park will be out of use entirely. This is unavoidable because the car park offers the only possible location for the project site compound.
The car park closes in its entirety on the evening of Thursday 27th September 2012, and it will not re-open before Spring 2014.
We have been advised that access to, and parking within the Business School/Adam Ferguson underground car park will remain available throughout the period of the works.
Alternative parking is available in car parks only a few minutes walk from the George Square area. The Keir Street Car Park at ECA and the Robertson’s Close car parks off Infirmary Street are always underutilised.
Permit holders may wish to consider utilising car parking at King’s Buildings and the Shuttle Bus as a Park and Ride facility.As of Monday 17th September the Shuttle Bus is operating from King’s Buildings from early in the morning to late at night Monday to Friday. The first service departs at 0835 arriving Potterrow at 0846. Convenient parking is available in the car park immediately to the right as you enter KB at Gate 1. From there it is a minute walk to the Shuttle Bus Stop at the Roger Land Building.
The daily parking rate at the King's Buildings is significantly cheaper than the Central Area, therefore there will be a cost saving for Category B permit holders who choose to make use of this service. Any Category A permit holders who wish to make use of this provision may change their permits to the Category B option at any time.
It is appreciated that some permit holders have a business requirement to use a vehicle throughout the working day and therefore wish to have their vehicle close at hand. Edinburgh City Car Club provides a cost effective, short-term, self service car hire service, without the need to go to a rental location to pick up a car. There are City Car Club vehicles available to hire from Buccleuch Place, and from other locations within the Central Area. The Transport and Parking Office offers a 30% subsidy to University Business users.
Information for staff on parking restrictions during the refurbishment of 50 George Square (William Robertson Building)
From Monday 27th June 2011 a compound was erected in the section of the Hume / Appleton Tower Area car park adjacent to 50 George Square. This is to accommodate skips and materials needed throughout the refurbishment of the building. The compound will be in place until at least early 2014.
This has meant the loss of spaces in this car park (for A&B permit holders only) for the duration of the works:
The compound blocks the route through the car park from Buccleuch Place to Chapel Street. The majority of available parking can be accessed and exited from Buccleuch Place. A small number of spaces are available by accessing and exiting at Chapel Street (opposite the Pear Tree pub).
The University of Edinburgh is developing a new Edinburgh Centre on Climate Change (ECCC).
The ECCC is an innovation centre that fosters collaborative working between policy, community and business leaders to support and deliver workable solutions for a low carbon future.
The location for the centre will be the Old High School Yards, off Infirmary Street.
Construction commenced in early January 2012 and this has meant that all of the car parking in High School Yards (HSY) has had to be taken out of use to allow the construction to proceed. (Please note that the car park at Drummond Street remains fully open throughout).
Staff and students who used this car parking area are advised that there are currently plenty of spaces available in the Robertson’s Close car parks immediately next to HSY. These car parks have been upgraded, including the provision of better lighting, CCTV and automatic gates. Access fobs for the car parks are available from the Transport and Parking Office. (A deposit of £30 is required for these).
Permit holders should also be aware that the car park will not come back into use when the Edinburgh Centre in Climate Change opens.
We understand that the loss of a significant amount of Central Area parking spaces has an impact on some permit holders ability to park in their preferred car parks.
We do apologise for the inconvenience caused by the loss of these car parking facilities.
Should permit holders experience problems they should contact the Transport and Parking Office who are available to assist and will direct to areas where there are adequate parking spaces available.
C permit holders may park in the following car parks:
|The Pleasance (EME)|
|St Leonards (Holyrood)|
|Keir Street (Edinburgh College of Art)|
Please also be aware that inconsiderate parking in non-parking areas, on yellow lines, or causing an obstruction during this period will result in the issue of a £30 parking charge notice.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused to permit holders.
This article was published on Sep 25, 2012