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Edinburgh College of Art to Potterrow

The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

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Introduction

Edinburgh College of Art Square to Lauriston Place

  • The surface of the square is block paving with a small cobbled area.
  • There is a steep slope after this which consists of tactile block paving.
  • There is then a slight uphill incline followed by a steep slope down to Lauriston Place.
  • There are bollards at the bottom of the ramp with a width of 124cm between them.

Lauriston Place to Keir Street

  • The distance to Keir Street is approximately 65m in total.
  • The surface of the road is block paving with the occasional manhole cover.
  • There is a slight gradient towards the road.
  • After approximately 30m there is a tarmac entrance road into the Hunter Building Car Park 5m in width. This can be seen in photograph 2.
  • This is a small car park and therefore traffic into it is limited.
  • There are tactile drop kerbs on either side. This can be seen in photographs 2 & 3.
  • After 3m there is tactile paving for a crossing over Lauriston Place. This can be seen in photograph 4.
  • Head over this and continue to the pedestrian crossing across Keir Street approximately 30m away.

Cross Keir Street

  • Cross Keir Street to continue along Lauriston Place
  • The crossing is place 4m into Keir Street.
  • There are tactile drop kerbs on either side of the crossing.
  • The surface of the road is tarmac.
  • There is a slope immediately your right for 4m to rejoin Lauriston Place.
  • The surface of the pavement is block paving and cobbled with the occasional manhole cover.

Lauriston Place to Lauriston Place (George Heriot School)

  • Continue along Lauriston Place for approximately 240m.
  • There is tactile paving as part of the crossing across Lauriston Place.
  • The surface of the pavement is block paving with manhole covers.
  • There is a road across Heriot Place after approximately 135m.
  • Cross the tarmac road across Heriot Place. There are tactile drop kerbs on either side. This can be seen in photographs 3 & 4.
  • Then continue along Lauriston Place for approximately 80m until you reach George Heriot School.

Lauriston Place (George Heriot School) to Forrest Road

  • Continue along Lauriston Place for 160m.
  • There is a service road for the George Heriot School. This is level with the pavement and is cobbled.
  • There is also a slight uphill gradient towards the school (as shown in photograph 1).
  • Continue along Lauriston Place. The surface of the road is block pavement with manhole covers.
  • There is tactile paving at a pedestrian crossing across Lauriston Place. This can be seen in photograph 3.
  • After 150m you will enter Forrest Road which will begin to curve to the left. This can be seen in photograph 5.
  • When you reach this area, head immediately to the pedestrian crossing to your right. This can be seen in photograph 6.

Cross Forrest Road and Lauriston Place

  • Cross both Forrest Road and Lauriston Place. The distance is 15m.
  • There is a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights across Forrest Road leading to a central island which is between Forrest Road and Lauriston Place.
  • The pedestrian crossing has tactile drop kerbs on either side.
  • The surface of the road is tarmac.
  • Traffic along the road is often very busy with traffic approaching from the right.
  • The surface of the paving on the island is block paving.
  • There is then a similar road between the central island and Lauriston Place.
  • This road is also often very busy.
  • Here traffic approaches from the left.

Lauriston Place/Teviot Place/Bristo Place to Potterrow

  • Turn left upon crossing Lauriston Place until your reach Potterrow. This distance is approximately 200m.
  • The surface of the road is block pavement with the occasional manhole cover. This area can be seen in photographs 1 & 2.
  • After 24m Lauriston Place becomes Teviot Place.
  • There is a cobbled service road 30m after entering Teviot Place leading into the Medical School.
  • This is level with the pavement and has tactile paving either side and can be seen in photograph 3.
  • As you continue onwards the pavement becomes concrete and there is a slight dip when you encounter the service road into Bristo Place. This is located after approximately 105m from entering Teviot Place and can be seen in photograph 4.
  • When you reach Bristo Place and continue along the pavement there is a pedestrian crossing with tactile paving. This can be seen in photograph 6.
  • Continue and in front of you is the Potterrow Student's Union building.
  • There is a slight incline on approach and a brief line of cobbled paving before there is a return to block paving. This can be seen in photograph 8.