Edinburgh Gateway is a new station on the outskirts of Edinburgh providing passengers from Fife and the north with easy access to the Edinburgh tram network and the city’s airport.

Through four workshops, the Inverkeithing High School and Queensferry Community High School took part in designing and manufacturing concrete trees and wall panels for the station. The selection of each school was important as they represented both the north and south banks of the river Forth, which is the principal direction of the main line from the station.

We created the wall designs with a variety of textures and colours. We made the concrete trees using flexible textile formwork – a technology that we have been researching for over 10 years, and which is being put into practice by Doka, a large Austrian concrete formwork supplier, as well as companies in Switzerland and Canada.

The Edinburgh College of Art, Balfour Beatty, Network Rail, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Concrete Scotland took part in delivering the project.

See the article and videos for more details.

Article: http://www.ed.ac.uk/arts-humanities-soc-sci/research-ke/industry-engagement/projects/embedding-research-led-teaching-on-sustainability
Video about the Edinburgh Gateway by James Clugston: https://vimeo.com/199063759
Video from the workshop with Inverkeithing High School: https://vimeo.com/195317594

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  • Remo Pedreschi is a Chartered Civil Engineer and holds the Chair of Architectural Technology at the University of Edinburgh. He joined the University after senior appointments in the construction industry with Richard Lees Ltd (pre-cast concrete, composite floors) and HH Robertson UK (curtain wall, facades, lightweight steel structures). He has...