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School-children get creative for historic Calton Hill development

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Esh Border Construction welcomed a group of school-children to Edinburgh’s Calton Hill development after the youngsters created a series of unique artworks for the historic City Observatory site.

Pupils from Abbeyhill and Leith Walk Primary School worked with artist Tessa Lynch to produce the panorama charcoal drawings which will be displayed on hoardings around the project.

They were delivered to Esh Border Construction Contract Manger Steven Kelly earlier this week.

Steven said:

“We are very proud to be involved with the re-birth of the historic City Observatory site at Calton Hill and were delighted to welcome the Abbeyhill and Leith Walk school-children to the site.

“Their drawings are fantastic and are indicative of the type of creative work which will be born out of this fantastic project.”

The drawings were inspired by artist Robert Barker's iconic Panorama of Edinburgh from Calton Hill, 1792. Before completing them primary four to seven pupils visited Calton Hill and made observational drawings from the Hill, then worked together in a follow-up workshop in classroom to produce the panoramas.

Livingston-based Esh Border Construction is working with Edinburgh City Council and Collective, a non-profit visual art organisation which will manage the site when it opens in 2018, on the £3 million project'

As well as taking delivery of the drawings Steven also handed over a cheque to Collective from Esh Border Construction’s bursary scheme – Esh Communities.

Kate Gray, Director of Collective said:

"We've been working with the schools in our local area, Abbeyhill and Leith Walk primary, since 2015. We are developing long term relationships with the schools in our neighbourhood, with an aim that over time the pupils feel like Collective is very much a place for them, and our new home on Calton Hill is a place where they can keep returning to learn in ways which are both informative and fun.

“We're also delighted to receive this support from Esh Border Construction for our schools learning programme.”

The site – which is credited as being the 19th century ‘birthplace of astronomy and timekeeping in Edinburgh’ – will be opened-up for public use, with a new restaurant and gallery space.




Notes to Editors

  1. Esh Construction delivers an extensive range of services including Property and Facilities Management, Civil Engineering, and Property Refurbishment and Build for the affordable housing sector and wider public and private sectors.
  2. In the year to the end of December 2015, Esh Group delivered a turnover of £275m and profit before tax of £8.6m.
  3. Esh Group provides construction and construction-related services to both public and clients. It directly employs over 1,200 people with substantial operations in an area from Central Scotland to Northern England from local offices in Central Scotland, Scottish Borders, Northumberland, Cumbria, County Durham and Yorkshire. Services delivered include brownfield remediation, civil engineering, design and build, refurbishment, fencing, landscaping, plumbing, facilities services, social housing, private housing and commercial development.
  4. ESH Construction consists of:

Esh Border Construction                     construction services in Scotland, Cumbria, North West England

Esh Property Services                         social housing new build and regeneration

Esh Facilities                                        comprehensive buildings maintenance services

Lumsden & Carroll Civil Engineering  ground works and civil engineering

Esh Build                                              commercial new build


DEVELOPMENT BUSINESSES: Esh Developments, Dunelm Homes, Esh Acorn Homes



Bartram Walker                                   mechanical + plumbing installation + maintenance

Remedios                                            innovative diagnosis brownfield remediation services

Deerness Fencing + Landscaping     landscaping, fencing manufacture + installation

Green Energies                                   energy saving, heat + power

Esh Training Solutions                          employment + construction related skills training

Mechplant                                          operated + non-operated plant hire

Stephen Easten Specialist Building    historic buildings restoration


ESH CHARITABLE TRUST                       support for communities, education and young people funded through Esh Group resources



Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Esh Border Construction