Architect LDA Design and consultant WYG behind overhaul of one Scottish capital’s most famous thoroughfares

Plans to overhaul George Street in Edinburgh – which would see the city’s thoroughfare become more pedestrian-friendly – have been unveiled for public consultation.

The proposed scheme, jointly designed by LDA Design and WYG for Edinburgh council and transport charity Sustrans, will widen the street’s pavements for pedestrians and see new two-directional cycle lanes installed.

LDA said the plans for a more sociable George Street had been dubbed “Las Ramblas of the north”, after the pedestrianised thoroughfare in Barcelona.

Located in the Scottish capital’s New Town, George Street features Georgian-era buildings, the famous Assembly Rooms theatre venue, plus offices, hotels, bars, shops and restaurants.

But it is dominated by a stretch of car parking which run down the middle of its half-mile length.

Stuart Hay, a director of pedestrian campaign group Living Streets Scotland, said George Street had been a car park “for too long and not the grand avenue it was designed to be. More space for people to walk and spend time will unlock its potential as one of the best streets in Scotland.”

LDA Design director and project lead Kirstin Taylor said: “We want to create an all-year-round destination, an inclusive place where people choose to spend more time.”

Comments on the scheme can be lodged here until 25 January 2019.