Basic Site Details

Name: City Plan for Edinburgh
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
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Notes: In July 1945 Patrick Abercrombie was appointed Planning Consultant and Derek Plumstead Town Planning Offices at Edinburgh on a temporary basis in order to prepare a town planning scheme for the central area. Plumstead had previously worked with Abercrombie on the Plymouth and Hull plans.

An interim report was presented to Edinburgh Corporation on 31 March 1947 and preliminary drawings exhibited at the 'Scotland Tomorrow' congress, Edinburgh, 3-6 June 1947.

Proposals included the rebuilding of Princes Street, under which a second road would be built as part of a new road and rail system, the industrialisation of Gorgie, Dalry and parts of Leith, the return of Lower Cannongate to residential use and the development of Portobello as a seaside resort Waverley Station would serve suburban lines only while a new two-level station at Morrison Street would be built for inter-city rail services.

The final report was published on 1 January 1949 as 'Civic Survey Plan For The City And Royal Burgh Of Edinburgh' by Patrick Abercrombie and Derek Plumstead.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Urban planning  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 21945  Appointment of Patrick Abercrombie as consultant and Derek Plumstead as Town Planning Officer
Item 2 of 21 January 1949  Publication of Civic Survey Plan For The City And Royal Burgh Of Edinburgh by Patrick Abercrombie and Derek Plumstead.


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 2(Sir) Leslie Patrick Abercrombie (or Patrick Abercrombie)Architect, Town Planner 19451948Planning Consultant
Item 2 of 2Derek Ward PlumsteadTown Planner 19451948Town Planning Officer for Edinburgh


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh Town Council 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Abercrombie, Patrick, Plumstead, Derek1949Civic Survey Plan For The City And Royal Burgh Of Edinburgh  Oliver & BoydPublished 1 January 1949
Item 2 of 2Latham, Peter J, Lilley, Keith D2001Planning the `City of Tomorrow' British Reconstruction Planning, 1939-1952:   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder10 October 1947  pp396-400 Review of interim proposals
Item 2 of 4Edinburgh Evening NewsOctober 1999  'Edinburgh in the 20th Century' booklet
Item 3 of 4Glasgow Herald6 July 1945  p3 Appointment of Abercrombie and Plumstead
Item 4 of 4Scotsman Magazine19 August 2000  pp17-19 'The Road to Nowhere'